Assistant Professor

Biography

I graduated with my PhD in Political Science in 2010 from West Virginia University. My primary area of study has been gun control policy in the United States and Canada. In particular, I focus on the reaction by policy makers, interest groups, the media and the public to major gun violence events.

At the University of West Georgia I teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses. At the undergraduate level, I teach Introduction to American Government, State and Local Government, Principles of Public Administration, and Gun Control Policy. At the graduate level, I teach Policy Analysis and Evaluation, State and Local Administration.

I also serve as the advisor the Political Science Club and as the advisor to the Georgia Legislative Internship Program. If anyone is interested in obtaining an internship with this program I encourage them to come and talk to me.

On a personal level, I love animals. I have one dog, two cats, a parrot, pythons (more than a few), and chickens (which are considered my pets and not for consumption). I am a huge sports fan, and am a diehard supporter of my alma mater, the West Virginia University Mountaineers. Lastly, I love the game of chess, and encourage students to stop by the lounge or my office to play a game anytime.

  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 15 Download Syllabus [DOC]
    • POLS-4186 (Internship in Government) Section: E01
    • POLS-4200 (Principles of Public Admin) Section: E01
    • POLS-5200 (Principles of Public Administr) Section: E02
    • POLS-6204 (Pub Pol Anlys & Program Eval) Section: E01
    • POLS-6285 (Sp Topics in Pub Policy/Admin) Section: E01

    Summer 2017 Sections

    • POLS-4200 (Principles of Public Admin) Section: 80E

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: LXV
    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: L2V
    • POLS-4186 (Georgia Legislative InternProg) Section: E02
    • POLS-4186 (Internship in Government) Section: E01
    • POLS-4200 (Principles of Public Admin) Section: 50E
    • POLS-4211 (State & Local Pol & Adminstr) Section: E01
    • POLS-5211 (State & Local Pol & Administr) Section: E01
    • POLS-6204 (Pub Pol Anlys & Program Eval) Section: E01

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • POLS-4200 (Principles of Public Admin) Section: E01
    • POLS-4200 (Principles of Public Admin) Section: 80E
    • POLS-4985 (POLITICS OF GUN CONTROL POLICY) Section: 02
    • POLS-5200 (Principles of Public Administr) Section: E01
    • POLS-5985 (Politics of Gun Control) Section: 02

    Summer 2016 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: L02

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 20
    • POLS-4186 (GA Legislature Inrn Program) Section: 01D
    • POLS-4186 (Governor's Internship) Section: 01
    • POLS-4186 (Intrn Law Off Nathaniel Smith) Section: 02
    • POLS-4186 (Internship w/GA State Capitol) Section: 03
    • POLS-4211 (State & Local Pol & Adminstr) Section: E01
    • POLS-5211 (State & Local Pol & Administr) Section: E01
    • POLS-6204 (Pub Pol Anlys & Program Eval) Section: 01

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 07
    • POLS-4200 (Principles of Public Admin) Section: E01
    • POLS-5200 (Principles of Public Administr) Section: E01

    Summer 2015 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: T01

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: LXV
    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: L2V
    • POLS-6204 (Pub Pol Anlys & Program Eval) Section: E01

    Fall 2014 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 01
    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 02
    • POLS-4186 (Internship in Government) Section: 01
    • POLS-4186 (Internship in Government) Section: 02
    • POLS-4200 (Principles of Public Admin) Section: 01
    • POLS-5200 (Principles of Public Administr) Section: 01

    Summer 2014 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 04I

    Spring 2014 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: LXF
    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: LXR
    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: LXA
    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: L2F
    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: LXI
    • POLS-6204 (Pub Policy Analysis & Evaluat) Section: 01

    Fall 2013 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: L2V
    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: LXV
    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 10
    • POLS-2201 (State & Local Government) Section: 01

    Summer 2013 Sections

    • CRIM-4280 (Politics of Gun Control) Section: 01
    • POLS-4985 (Politics of Gun Control) Section: 02
    • POLS-5985 (Politics of Gun Control) Section: 02

    Spring 2013 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 10
    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 11
    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 12
    • POLS-4186 (Internship in Government) Section: 01