BiographyI grew up in a rural agricultural community in central Kansas and I always had a passion for and curiosity about the world outside of my small town. This passion, along with a boyish fascination with war and conflict, led me to study politics and international relations when I began my university studies in 1995. Ultimately, it was the 1999 Kosovo operation that marked the beginning of my academic inquiry into questions surrounding ethics, human rights, and armed conflict and focusing specifically on humanitarian intervention, which would become the topics of my dissertation some years later. Once I earned my Ph.D. and obtained a tenure-track position, I continued pursuing these interests both in my own scholarship and in my teaching and mentorship of students.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
International relations, ethics and global politics, international law and institutions, genocide and mass atrocity, humanitarian intervention and the 'Responsibility to Protect,' non-state armed groups, international norms, United States foreign relations.
Gardening, landscaping, carpentry and home improvement, camping, fishing, sci-fi books, film, and spending time with my son.