Educational BackgroundPh.D., Political Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2012Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, St John Fisher College, 2002Master of Arts, Political Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2006
Professional BackgroundRecipient of the RMU Student Government Association Distinguished Teaching Award (2015-2016)Member of the Northeastern Political Science Association
Member of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association
Area of Expertise/ResearchMy expertise and research interests are in the American Presidency, Political Philosophy, Voting Theories and Elections, Democratic Constitutional Theory, and Republican party politics.
PublicationsThe United States Supreme Court and Politics: Judicial Retirements, the Docket, and the Nomination Process (Lexington Books, 2019), pp.xi-83American Presidential Power and the War On Terror: Does the Constitution Matter? (Palgrave MacMillan 2015 pp.xi -135)American Democracy: Founders, Enlightened Philosophers and Presidents (Lexington Books 2015 pp.xi - 638)The Cavalier Presidency: Executive Power and Prerogative in Times of Crisis (Lexington Books 2014 , pp. xi - 215)"Is Polarization a Myth", in Patriot Post July 2018"Disliking US Presidents - The New Normal?" in Penn Live August 2017"Executive Orders Run Wild...Again", The Hill, January 31, 2017"A Call for Secession - From the Left", in the Patriot Post, January 14, 2017"President-Elect Trump: The New Whig President", Values and Vision Institute of Grove City College (December 2016)"Shift in Polling Favors Trump", in Beaver County Times, September 30, 2016"Trump will win the nomination because of Tea Party help", in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (February 23, 2016)"Speaker Boehner's Fall is All About the Tea Party", in Pittsburgh Post Gazette (September 2015)"Reformation in the U.S. House", in Pittsburgh Tribune ( October 2015) "Power and Constraint: America's War on Terror", Congress and Presidency Vol. 44, pp. 164-169The Classics and the Founders: Analyzing the Theory of Democracy from Ancient Greece to America's Founding (Cambridge MA: Cognella Academic Press) December 2014A review of "Power and Constraint: America's War on Terror", in Congress and the Presidency, volume 44, pp. 164-169 (2017)
Presentations2018 - Pennsylvania Political Science Association Annual Meeting (Westchester PA), "The Trump effect on Polling: How more Surprises are coming in 2018 Midterms"2017 - Pennsylvania Political Science Annual Meeting (Pittsburgh, PA) "The Purging of the Republican Party and the Emergence of Candidate Trump"2016 - Northeastern Political Science Conference (Boston MA) "The Resurgence of Populist Politics on the Right: Diffusing Liberal Advantages"2015 - Northeastern Political Science Conference (Philadelphia PA)
The Theory of Executive Emergency Power: Competing Thoughts on the Use and Justifications for Use of Extraordinary Power in Liberal Democracies2015 - Presidential Power Conference - Dordt College (Iowa) "Bush and the War On Terror: Strength and Consensus"2014 - Northeastern Political Science Conference (Boston MA, November 2014)
The Power of Crisis: The Hyper Unitary Presidency of GW Bush