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CURRENT APPOINTMENT

Assistant Professor of PoliticsLee University

 

Cleveland,

Tennessee

EDUCATION

 

University of Virginia, Ph.D. candidate in Foreign Affairs,Dissertation: “Elites, Resources, and International Violence in South America”Committee: Prof. John Owen (Chair), Gerard Alexander, and Todd SechserMajor field: International Relations; Minor field: Comparative Politics

Charlottesville, Virginia

August 2013

Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de JaneiroM.A. in International Relations,Thesis: “Tales About Rwanda: A Critical Analysis of the Narratives About the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.”Committee: Nizar Messari (Chair), João Pontes Nogueira, and Eugênio Diniz

Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

May 2005

Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, B.A. in International Relations,Senior Thesis: “Domestic Conflict Resolution: Afghanistan”First reader: Eugênio Diniz; Second reader: Onofre dos Santos Filho

Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

June 2002

PUBLICATIONS

“Beyond the West, Beyond the State, and Much Beyond the Moral: For an Ethically Responsible Policy towards the Difference: The Rwandan Case,” Contexto Internacional 27 (2005): 411-463.

 

WORKING PAPERS

Elites, Resources, and International Violence in South America (book manuscript)

Diverted by Diversion: International Aggression as Domestic Resource Appropriation Strategy (article manuscript)

Unraveling Westphalia? Comparing Post-Feudal Actors to Current Violent Non-State Actors (VNSAs): Prospects for VNSAs survivability, the stability of the current order, and challenges and opportunities for law enforcement  (article manuscript) 

 The Sovereign State and its Modern Competitors (article manuscript) 

The Impact of Cooperation and Competition among Drug Trafficking Organizations upon Drug-related Violence and Crime in Mexico (article manuscript) 

DISSERTATION ABSTRACT

Enduring rivalries entail intervals of no overt threats or use of force despite the subsistence of a dispute. Controlling for systemic and dyadic variables, what explains the initiation of aggressive foreign policies among rivals and the level of militarization initially employed? Utilizing quantitative and qualitative techniques, I analyze 200 years of South American history and argue that the timing and degree of militarization of a protracted international dispute is a function of two variables: (a) the degree of fragmentation of the domestic elites and (b) the degree of threat perceived by those elites. The extant literature on the domestic sources of war has three main pitfalls: it oversimplifies the relationship between internal and external conflict, under-theorizes the threshold above which domestic tension leads to international confrontation, and imputes theoretical primacy to a single type of domestic actor. My “elite threat” theory not only addresses all these shortcomings but it also expounds three different causal mechanisms for opportunistic – i.e. non-national-security-driven – international aggression:  (i) diversion strategy, (ii) foreign resource appropriation strategy, and (iii) domestic resource appropriation strategy. Knowing when international aggression becomes an appealing alternative to attack domestic competitors helps us to predict and prevent international military escalation.

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS

  • 2012 Society of Fellows Summer Research Grant
  • 2011 Albert Gallatin Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2011 Clay Humanities Endowment Award
  • 2011 Huskey Research Exhibition Oral Presentation Award
  • 2010 Public Humanities Fellowship Program in South Atlantic Studies
  • 2013-2007 University of Virginia, Department of Politics, Graduate Fellowship

 

TEACHING

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Political Science and Humanities, Lee University, Fall 2013 to present

  • PLSC 235 Model United Nations
  • PLSC 250 American Government
  • PLSC 330 International Relations
  • PLSC 332 International Security
  • PLSC 333 International Political Economy
  • PLSC 334 International Law and Organization
  • PLSC 339 Special Topics: Power Politics in the 21st Century
  • PLSC 339 Special Topics: International Development
  • PLSC 342 Politics of the Developing World
  • PLSC 434 Human Rights
  • PLSC 442 Latin American Politics

Lecturer, Department of Politics, University of Virginia, Spring 2013

  • PLIR 4500 Security, Trade, and Democracy in Latin America

 

Teaching Assistant, Department of Politics, University of Virginia, 2007-2012

  • Theories of International Relations 3010 (Spring 2012), Prof. Jeffrey Legro
  • Ethics and Human Rights in World Affairs 3310 (Spring 2011), Prof. Michael Smith
  • Introduction to Political Theory 1010 (Fall 2010), Prof. Colin Bird.
  • Military Force in International Relations 3060 (Spring 2010), Prof. Peter Furia
  • International Relations 101 (Spring 2009, Fall 2009), Profs. Todd Sechser and David Leblang
  • American Politics 101 (Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008), Profs. James Ceaser and Larry Sabato

Adjunct Professor, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, 2005-2006

  • Security and International Relations 300-level (Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006)
  • International Relations Theory IV 300-level (Fall 2005, Spring 2006)
  • The International System in the Twentieth Century 100-level (Fall 2006)

 

 

RESEARCH

Research Assistant, Department of Politics, University of Virginia, 2008-2012

Research on electoral corruption in Latin America under the mentorship of Professor Daniel W. Gingerich. I conducted archival research in the Brazilian regional electoral tribunals (TREs) and executed tasks such as data collection, data coding, dataset building, contacting foreign bureaucracies, training and mentoring junior researchers in Brazil and in the United States, and project management. My research contributed to two of Professor Gingerich’s manuscripts: “Dividing the Dirty Dollar: The Allocation and Impact of Illicit Campaign Funds in a Gubernatorial Contest in Brazil,” and “Governance Indicators and the Level of Analysis Problem: Empirical Findings from South America,” funded by the National Science Foundation.

Field Work, Summer 2012

 Archival research in the following countries: Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, and Ecuador. I visited national archives, congress libraries, congress archives, and national libraries, and collected data on national budgets, congressional debates, legislators, and newspaper coverage of international conflict involving those countries from the mid-19th century to present.   The Society of Fellows Summer Research Grant and the Clay Humanities Endowment Award graciously funded my research.

 

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

 

American Political Science Association

“Unraveling Westphalia? Comparing Post-Feudal Actors to Current Violent Non-State Actors (VNSAs): Prospects for VNSAs survivability, the stability of the current order, and challenges and opportunities for law enforcement.”

San Francisco, California, September 3-7, 2015.

 

“Resources, Rationality, and War: Inferences from South America.”

Seattle, WA, September 1-4, 2011.

 

“Hard Times, Elite Structure, and Militarized Interstate Disputes in South America.”

Washington, D.C., September 4, 2010.

 

International Studies Association Annual Convention

“Militarized Interstate Disputes in South America: A Temporal Puzzle.”

Montreal, Canada, March 16-19, 2011.

 

International Studies Association – Northeast

“Elites, Resources, and International Violence in South America.”

Baltimore, MD, November 6, 2010.

 

“When Positive Becomes Normative: Victorian Britain’s Decline.”

Baltimore, MD, November 5, 2010.

 

Latin American Studies Association Congress

“Competition among drug organizations: challenges and opportunities for more effective law enforcement”

Chicago, IL, May 21-24, 2014.

 

Panel “Drug Policy, Security, and State Formation,” Discussant.

Washington D.C., May 29 – June 01, 2013.

 

Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference

“The Impact of Cooperation and Competition among Drug Trafficking Organizations upon Drug-related Violence and Crime in Mexico.”

Chicago, IL, April 3 – April 6, 2014.

“Diverted by Diversion: Aggressive Foreign Policy as a Domestic Resource Appropriation Strategy.”

Chicago, IL, April 3 – April 6, 2014.

 

“Elite Structure and Militarized Interstate Disputes in South America: Inferences from the Chaco War.”

Chicago, IL, March 31 – April 3, 2011.

 

 

Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting

“Elites, Resources, and War: Explaining the Timing and Intensity of the Militarization of Territorial Disputes.”

New Orleans, LA, January 12-14, 2012.

 

University of Virginia Graduate Conference

“Militarized Disputes in Latin America: A Spatial and Temporal Puzzle.”

Charlottesville, VA, March 2010.

 

“Rural Incorporation and Regime Durability in Brazil.”

Charlottesville, VA, March 2009.

 

“Richer and Weaker: From Realist Means to Liberal Ends: Britain’s Relative Decline in the Late Nineteenth Century.”

Charlottesville, VA, March 2008.

 

 

INVITED TALKS

 

SOR Roundtable: Fear of the Other: Reflections on Immigration, the Refugee Crisis and the Mandate for Christian Hospitality

Upcoming on February 11

 

Cleveland, TN, 2016

School of Religion, Lee University

 

SOR Roundtable: Forgiving the Unforgivable? Religion, Violence, and Conflict Resolution

April 16

Cleveland, TN, 2015

School of Religion, Lee University

 

SOR Roundtable: A Christian Foundation for a Culture of Sustainability

September 11

Cleveland, TN, 2014

School of Religion, Lee University

 

Coffee, Cake, and Theology: Poverty and International Violence

“Poverty and International Violence,” October 24.

 

Cleveland, TN, 2013

School of Religion, Lee University

 

Livraria Renovar

Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.”

 

Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, 2006

Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 273 Ipanema

 

Escola do Comando do Estado Maior do Exército, ECEME

“International Intervention: The UN in the Rwandan Genocide of 1994,” at the 5th National Meeting of Strategic Studies, in the panel “Conflict Resolution Mechanisms.”

Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, 2005

Praça General Tibúrcio, 125

Praia Vermelha – Urca

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND METHODOLOGY

 

Foreign Languages

  • Portuguese: Native
  • Spanish: Fluent
  • French: Reading

Methodology

  • PLAD 709, Research Methods
  • PLAD 7100, Political Research with Quantitative Methods
  • PLAD 813, Qualitative Methods
  • PLAD 8310, Advanced Quantitative Applications in Political Science

 

SERVICE

Faculty sponsor of the Model United Nations Club Cleveland, TN

Spring 2015 – present

Faculty sponsor of the College Democrats Cleveland, TN

Spring 2015 – present

Constitution Bowl Recruitment and High School Liaison Cleveland, TN

Spring 2014 – present

Chair of the International Women’s Day subcommittee of the Cultural Diversity Committee Cleveland, TN

Spring 2014 – present

Cultural Diversity Committee Cleveland, TN

Spring 2014 – present

PSA ladies’ bible study host and sponsor Cleveland, TN

Fall 2013-present

Representative for the sub-field of International Relations in the Graduate Council of the Department of Politics, University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA, 2011/2012

 

Selection committee for the “III Week of International Relations,” Pontificía Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 2006

 

Selection committee for the “IV Inter-school International Relations Model (MIRIN),” Pontificía Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 2006

 

Committee chair, World Model United Nations (WorldMUN), Pontificía Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais

 

Belo Horizonte, MG, 2002

 

Director of Management, World Model United Nations (WorldMUN), Pontificía Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte, MG, 2002

 

Committee chair, “II Inter-school UN Model (Mini-Onu),” Pontificía Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais

 

Belo Horizonte, MG, 2001

 

Director of Management, “II Inter-school UN Model (Mini-Onu),” Pontificía Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte, MG, 2001

 

Committee chair, “I Inter-school UN Model (Mini-Onu),” Pontificía Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais

 

Belo Horizonte, MG, 2000

 

Director of Management, “I Inter-school UN Model (Mini-Onu),” Pontificía Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte, MG, 2000

 

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