Assistant Professor
Political Science
Tulane University

“What is bright, sudden, loud, secures notice and is given a conspicuous rating. What is dim, feeble, and continuous gets ignored, or is regarded as of slight importance” -John Dewey

I am originally from Shreveport, LA, and I received my PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2013. I study international human rights law, transitional justice, repression, civil war, and pragmatism. Abroad, I closely follow events in Sri Lanka and Kenya. At home, I think a good deal about gun violence, mass incarceration, domestic violence, and other symptoms of structural violence in the state of Louisiana. I am a former director and current consultant for the Transitional Justice Research Collaborative, a group focused on collecting data and developing theory about human rights prosecutions, truth commissions, and other mechanisms of post-authoritarian or post-conflict justice. At this moment, I am taking a break from writing a book that develops a pragmatist approach to human rights law and practice.

When I'm not working, I spend time crying over the New Orleans Saints, hucking frisbees, watching comedy, listening to Ween, and looking forward to the next Mardi Gras. 

A view of Tulane's Gibson Hall in 1900. Three years after this picture was taken, the man on the right, J.R. Ficklen, organized a meeting close by, in Tulane's library. That meeting produced the American Political Science Association, which is still going strong after 113 years. If you look closely at the portrait, you can see a diagonal line cutting into Ficklen's face. This was caused by a disgruntled graduate student, who in a fit of anger slashed the visage of one of political science's founding fathers. The portrait survived. The grad student was lost forever.