I am currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds. I work with Dr. Nick Robinson on research relating to the militarization of video games and social media. The goal of our project is to analyze how private military contractors, arms producers, and entertainment companies use social media to produce narratives about the military and war. We also seek to understand how audiences interpret and respond to militarized social media.
I graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 2002. I received my B.A. in Philosophy (with honors) and Political Science from Rutgers University in 2005. In 2013 I received my Ph.D. from the University at Albany, SUNY, where I wrote my dissertation on how soldiers make ethical decisions in counter-insurgency operations. I specialize in the areas of Political Theory and Comparative Politics.
Research and Publications:
My main areas of research are security studies and contemporary political theory. I am particularly interested in new military technologies, militaristic narratives in video games and social media, just war theory, the ethics of political violence, and the protection of civilians during violent conflicts.
In 2014 I received a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society to continue my field research on military ethics.
I am also currently working on a book about the rights of civilians in Just War Theory.
French: advanced reading and advanced speaking ability.
German: advanced reading and intermediate speaking ability.
Russian: advanced reading and intermediate speaking ability.
Spanish: intermediate reading and speaking ability.
Italian: basic reading and speaking ability.
I am always interested in hearing from people who have read my work or who share similar interest areas. Please feel free to contact me.