I joined the Department of Political Science in August 2004. Before joining MTSU I taught at the University of Sheffield (UK), first in the Department of Politics and then in the Department of Philosophy. I have also worked at Oxford Brookes University (UK) and was a fellow of the Civic Education Project in the Faculty of Law, Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia. I did my BA at Millsaps College (Jackson, MS), my MA at The George Washington University (Washington, DC), and my DPhil at the University of York (UK).
I work in two broad areas, contemporary political philosophy and the history of political thought. My specialized research is in civic republican theory, especially the work of Philip Pettit. In pursuing my research I am currently writing on topics such as liberalism, democratic theory, multiculturalism, civil society, and identity.
I am currently working on a research project funded by the MTSU Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee on Constitutionalism in the European Union and on a modern republican account of the same sex marriage debate in the US. I am also working on an edited volume (with Cécile Laborde) on the republican theory of Philip Pettit.
My first book, Republicanism in the Modern World, was published in 2003 by Polity Press/Blackwell International.