Welcome! I am a Political Science Ph.D. student at Emory University. My wife and I live in Decatur, Georgia with our two boys Eliot and Isaiah. I am beyond proud of my little boys—and will often reflect on my journey of fatherhood.
As a scholar my primary research interests are the intersection between international relations, ethics and conflict processes—specifically, the role of faith as a catalyst or restraint in third party mediation and human rights promotion and the roles of international-faith-based organizations in conflict resolution.
My interests in these areas stem from my international work and research. In 2004, I taught English in Bosnia and served with local community leaders to rebuild homes for Bosniak families displaced by the war. In 2007, I worked in northern Uganda with local and international non-governmental organizations seeking reconciliation and structural justice across divisions created by identity and violent conflict. While working in Bosnia and Uganda, I witnessed the power of religion and identity to divide, but also the emotive force and the role of faith to bring reconciliation. These experiences impacted my own faith and academic journey. For the last two years I have taught as a lecturer for the Department of Political Science at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
When not researching I can occasionally be found kayaking, hiking, or taking my husky to one of Decatur’s many dog parks.