Conferences & Presentations


“Moderation: An American Myth?” Roundtable workshop/paper presentation; Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting. March 29-April 1, 2023. Fort Worth, TX.

“Intergovernmental Relations in the 21st Century: Revisiting State Preemption.” Panel paper presentation; Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting. April 21-23, 2022. San Antonio, TX. [w/Yashas Mallikarjun]

“Public Opinion and Identity.” Southwestern Social Science Association, April 16, 2021 (Virtual Panel Chair/Discussant). New Orleans, LA.

“Storytime: Developing an Alternative Indicator of LGBTQ+ Inclusivity.” Virtual panel paper presentation; Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting. April 15-17, 2021 (rescheduled from October 2020 due to COVID-19). New Orleans, LA.

“Roundtable: Toward a Global Free Speech Repository.”  Roundtable presentation; Law & Society Assocation Annual Meeting. May 31, 2019.  Washington D.C.  (Presentation:  The Free Expression Decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada.)

“Two Courts, Two Methods, and One Free Speech Clause.” Panel paper presentation; Southwestern Political Science Association. October 11, 2018. Orlando, FL.

“Evolving or Predatory? The Role of Law.” New England Political Science Association, April 22, 2016 (Panel Chair). Newport, RI.

“Undergraduate Research: Media and Rhetoric.” New England Political Science Association, April 22, 2016 (Panel Chair).  Newport, RI.

“Deciding Not to Decide: Cert. Denials and the First Amendment.” iPoster presentation at the 2016 Meeting of the American Political Science Association. September 1-4, 2016. Philadelphia, PA.

“Speaking in Tongues? Understanding the Roberts Court Record on Freedom of Speech.”  Presented at the 2014 Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association.  November 12–14, 2014.  Boston, MA.

“Truth, Democracy, or Self-Fulfillment? Free Speech Justifications and the Roberts Court.”  Presented at the 2014 Meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association.  April 3– 6, 2014, Chicago, IL.

“Emerging Ideologies and Institutional Differences: Free Speech and the Roberts Court.” Presented at the 2013 Meeting of the New York Political Science Association.  April 18– 20, 2013.  Syracuse, NY.

“Free Speech and the Roberts Court: Back to the Marketplace?”  Presented at the 2012 Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association.  November 15–17, 2012.  Boston, MA.

Professional Training & Continuing Education Workshops

“UIW Center for Teaching and Learning Canvas and Backward Design Academy.” Summer institute designed to enhance development and connection of learning objectives, assessments, and learning activities. Completed in August 2021.

“AccessLex Institute: Financial Capability and Policy Day.” Half-day summer institute designed to familiarize pre-law advisors with financial aid resources and law school financial trends emerging since the beginning of the pandemic. June 9, 2021.

“AccessLex Institute: Pre-Law Day.” Half-day virtual institute for pre-law advisors seeking current resources related to advising, including emerging trends since the beginning of the pandemic. June 2, 2021.

“UIW Center for Teaching and Learning Flipped Learning Academy.” Summer institute designed to improve distance learning course design and delivery. Certificate of completion awarded on September 18, 2020.

“AccessLex Institute: Professional Development Workshop.” Full-day seminar for regional undergraduate pre-law advisors, with focus on new preparation tools and data offered by AccessLex. Feb. 26, 2020.

“Three English Revolutions.” Law and teaching seminar hosted by the Institute for Constitutional History and Stanford University.  Palo Alto, CA. July 7-12, 2019.

Colloquy 2019; Collegium of Catholic Universities Seminars. St. John’s University; Collegeville, MN. June 13-20, 2019.

Teaching Tolerance: Social Justice Teaching 101. Dreeben School of Education, University of the Incarnate Word; San Antonio, TX. June 11, 2019.

University of the Incarnate Word Mission Retreat. Invited participant.  Gruene, TX. May 14-15, 2019.

Southwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SWAPLA).  Annual Meeting, Oklahoma City, OK. Apr. 4-6, 2019. (Budget Committee)

Southwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SWAPLA).  Executive/Planning Committee Meeting.  Houston, TX. Jan. 31, 2019. (Budget Committee)

Southwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SWAPLA).  Annual Meeting, Houston, TX. Nov. 10, 2018.

Empowering the Law School Journey: 2018 LSAC HACU, HBCU, and TCU Pre-Law Advisors Conference. Annual meeting, Broomfield, CO. Jan. 10-12, 2018.

Southwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SWAPLA).  Annual meeting, Memphis, TN. Sept. 13-15, 2017.

National Association of Pre-Law Advisors (NAPLA). Annual meeting, Pittsburgh, PA. June 12-15, 2017.

Institute for Qualitative and Multi-method Research.  Two-week institute offering sequences in case studies, comparative methods, concept formation and analysis, set theoretical approaches, and integration of quantitative and qualitative research designs.  Syracuse University, June 14-26, 2015.

Jordan Saunders Seminar in Constitutional History. “Embedded Histories in Constitutional Argument,” interdisciplinary summer workshop sponsored by the Institute for Constitutional Studies at George Washington University.   Stanford University, July 13-18, 2014.

Guest Lectures & Presentations

“UIW World AIDS Day 2021 Observance.” Invited presenter/reader of “Media Silence in The Normal Heart and Tongues Untied.” Dec. 1, 2021.

“Public Virtues: Rediscovering Civic Engagement.” Invited presenter/panelist; event sponsored by the Source of Light (SoL) Center of San Antonio, TX (University Presbyterian Church). Oct. 26, 2021 (Rescheduled for Oct. 2022).

“Was Texas’ Senate Bill 7 About Voter Suppression or Voter Integrity? A Discussion and Movie.” Invited presenter (w/Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz); event sponsored by the UIW Ettling Center, Department of Psychology and Department of Political Science. June 28, 2021.

“Local impact of Abbott’s vaccine passport order unknown.” News4SA. April 6, 2021. Invited commenter for broadcast news story.

“Separated: Children at the Border,” EmpoWord: Discussion Night and Movie Series.
October 29, 2020. Invited; Discussion of detentions and family separation w/Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz, Department of Psychology.

“UIW Peace Week 2020: Free Speech Theory – Understanding the Controversies.” Invited; Virtual presentation of recent book publication, the values underlying free expression, and the current sociopolitical climate. October 28, 2020.

“Democracy, Values, and the 2020 Election.” Invited panelist, commentary on ethical questions raised by issues reviewed in the non-partisan voter reflection guide sponsored by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Event sponsored by UIW Women and Gender Studies, Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha, Cultural Studies, and Psychology. Sep. 24, 2020.

“Voter Apathy: A Distrust in the Democratic Process.”  Invited panelist, commentary on voter turnout and barriers to voting.  UIW Dreamweek Event; sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha and Ettling Center for Civic Leadership.  January 15, 2020.

SUNY Oswego Election Night 2016 Broadcast, WTOP TV (Oswego, NY). Invited faculty panelist, live commentary on 2016 U.S. Presidential and NY State Election results. Nov. 8, 2016.

SUNY Cortland Constitution Day Lecture, 2015. “The Roberts Court at 10.”  September 17, 2015.  Sponsored by the Institute for Civic Engagement.