About Me

I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Pre-Law Advisor (Concentration Coordinator) at University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio, TX.  My research and teaching subfields of interest are Public Law (Law & Courts) and American Politics.

Prior to coming to UIW, I served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, attaining the rank of Sergeant and completing two active-duty tours of Iraq (Ramadi, 2005-2006 and Tallil, 2009). Awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (x 2), and Combat Action Badge.

After deployments, I completed the BA in Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, minoring in History (summa cum laude, 2011).  I completed the MA and PhD in Political Science (2013, 2017) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs of Syracuse University. Commendations included the University Outstanding TA Award (2015), and the All-University Dissertation Award (2017).

For contact information, please visit the webpage of the Department of Political Science at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Summer 2022 Office Hours

I will not be on campus from May through August 2022, due to travel, research, and preparation for Fall classes. I will not be monitoring email regularly; please contact the College of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences for urgent matters.


The Trevor Project – Saving Young LGBTQ Lives

Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Association (TUMCA)

Southwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SWAPLA)

Southwestern Social Science Association (SSSA)

Political Science: University of the Incarnate Word (UIW)