I am the director of the leadership program at the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. I also serve as the Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at American University.
I am also a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University and a local affiliate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. I am currently a member of the Executive Committee of the New England Political Science Association. I divide my time between Washington DC and Massachusetts.
My scholarship has contributed to the democratization literature in Spain and Portugal, with a focus on religion and politics. I have authored or co-authored ten books and numerous scholarly articles. I have also participated in the Varieties of Democracy Project and served on the National Screening Panel for the Graduate Fulbright Competition (Iberia).
Previous Academic Roles
I served as the founding director of the Institute for Leadership Studies at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland (2010-2015). Before that, I was the co-founder and executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, where I was the chair of the politics department (1992-2008). I was a tenured professor of politics at both institutions.