I am the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Letters at Old Dominion University. In this capacity, I support and oversee twelve graduate programs in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Among my many responsibilities, I manage the College’s budget for supporting graduate assistants; supervise curricular revisions; oversee external evaluations of graduate programs; assure accreditation compliance; and manage a small budget of intramural research seed funds.
As a political scientist, I study globalization and the global political economy. My research investigates how people create institutions to manage complex interactions between social, ecological, technological and physical systems—for example, the conservation of fisheries or the regulation of global financial networks. My publications explore how communities design rules, principles, norms and practices to deal with such unpredictable and chaotic interactions. This research contributes to several transdisciplinary fields: globalization theory, complex systems theory, and computational social science.
I teach graduate seminars on the global political economy, globalization theory, statistics, and social simulation. The doctoral students I have supervised have gone on to jobs in academia (Western Carolina University, Hampton University, and the University of the West Indies), government, non-profits and the private sector. When my busy schedule permits, I occasionally teach an undergraduate course on quantitative methods.
In my spare time, I like to play the piano and take photographs of patterns, from the torus of an anthill to the tessellations in medieval cobblestones. My photography isn’t very good, but I do try to capture visually the complex social-technological-ecological-physical interactions that motivate my research.
I welcome your inquiries concerning my scholarship, teaching, and administrative service.