Bachelor of Science, Political Science, West
Georgia College, 1986.
Master of Arts, Government and International
Studies, University of South Carolina, 1990.
Doctor of Philosophy, Government and International
Studies, University of South Carolina, 1998.
Growing up on military
installations in the Deep South during the 1960ís
and 70ís, I became aware of the importance of
politics at an early age; my father was called to
serve in Vietnam. A later international event, which
furthered my early interest in politics, was the
Iranian occupation of our embassy in 1979. These two
events helped shape an ongoing interest interest in
the political world,
and the problems that confront us as inhabitants of modernity.
In graduate school at the
University of South Carolina I studied a wide variety
of political phenomena, from political terrorism to
the question of human nature in politics.