2012            Ph.D., Politics and International Relations (concentrations: political theory, comparative politics, law and public policy), University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

2005            M.Sc., Violence, Conflict and Development, The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom (with distinction)

2002            M.A., Liberal Arts, Graduate Institute of St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland

1999            B.A., English, B.A., History, Atlantic Union College, Lancaster, Massachusetts (Summa cum laude)


2015            U.S. Fulbright Scholarship, Burma/Myanmar – Taught Introduction to International Relations as the first foreigner permitted on the faculty at Yadanabon University in Mandalay (Myanmar’s second largest university)

2014-16        Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Wellesley College – Conducted research and taught three courses to undergraduate students (Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies, Conflict Transformation, and Grounding Human Rights)

2012            Glovin Endowed Scholarship, Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation – Conducted field research on community-based resistance to the Shining Path insurgency in Peru


2017-18        Program Manager, Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Khartoum, Sudan – Wrote grant proposals addressing emergency refugee needs, reported to donors (including UNHCR, UNICEF, EU, and OFDA), represented NGO in key sector meetings, monitored and evaluated 10 projects in four regions of Sudan (with combined budgets of more than US$11 million)

2017            Visiting Assistant Professor, Peace Studies Program, Chapman University, Orange, California – Taught three courses (Model United Nations, Research Methods, and Introduction to Peace Studies)

2013-14        Lecturer, Department of International Relations, University of Southern Californiaand Honors Program, UCLA, Los Angeles, California – Taught eight courses (including Religion and Violence, Literature and the Political Order, and Terrorism and Liberal Democracy)

2006            Researcher, Les Mêmes Droits pour Tous, Conakry, Guinea – Helped conduct a baseline survey of more than 800 prisoners in a West African jail and documented evidence of torture and other abuses by the police (with findings published in Harvard peer-reviewed journal, Health and Human Rights)


  • Book: Humanism and the Death of God: Searching for the Good After Darwin, Marx, and Nietzsche (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).
  • Articles: Approximately 20 articles in peer-reviewed and other journals, including: The Journal of Law and Religion, Politics and Religion, Review of International Studies, Commonweal Magazine, The Hedgehog Review, Humanitas, and Harvard Divinity Bulletin


2017-18        Board Member and Executive Director, The John Henry Weidner Foundation for Altruism – Currently serving as Director of a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to “cultivate selfless service in the spirit of John Weidner and the Dutch-Paris Line” (a rescue operation in occupied Europe during World War II that saved the lives of more than 3000 Jews, downed Allied pilots, and others)


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