About Me

3MT-1I am a Master’s Student (expected 2020) in the Kent State University Department of History specializing in 20th century US foreign relations, especially vis-á-vis Russia and the Middle East. I hope to earn my PhD in either history or international relations.

Lead author of Understanding Violence in Ideological and Theological Insurgencies (working title), with Samuel S. Stanton (forthcoming, Lexington Books).

Also very interested in international relations, conflict studies, and theology.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

M.A., History, Kent State University (2018–2020)

B.A., History, Grove City College (2014–2018)

  • Minors in National Security Studies and Biblical & Religious Studies.
  • Cum Laude, Honors in History.

Academic Publications

Understanding Violence in Ideological and Theological Insurgencies (working title; lead author) with Samuel S. Stanton, Jr. (Lexington Books, forthcoming).

“Constrained by Reality: Tactical Nuclear Weapons under Truman and Eisenhower,” Marine Corps University Journal (Fall 2019; tentatively accepted).

“Civil Wars – Competing Perspectives” (with Samuel S. Stanton, Jr.), “Greed Model: Opportunism,” “Grievances,” “Iraq, Sahwa, Tribal awakening,” “Jordan, Black September,” “Nasser, Gamal Abdel,” and “Erdogan, Tayyib Recep,” in Conflict in the Modern Middle East: An Encyclopedia of Civil War, Revolutions, and Regime Change, ed. Jonathan Zartman (ABC-CLIO, forthcoming).

“Hard Targets,” “Internet as a Virtual School for Terrorism,” “Recruiting Terrorists,” and “State Terrorism,” in Combatting Terrorism in the 21st Century: American Laws, Strategies, and Agencies, ed. William J. Lahneman (ABC-CLIO,    forthcoming).

Book Reviews

Review of Sarah Churchwell, Behold, America: The Entangled History of “America First” and “the American Dream” (Basic Books, 2018), for H-Nationalism (forthcoming).

Review of Adam Malka, The Men of Mobtown: Policing Baltimore in the Age of Slavery and Emancipation (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), in Policing and Society (forthcoming).

Opinion Editorials

The Endless Summer: The Democrats’ Hellish Summer of 1968,” Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College (July 2018).

Biting the Bullet: LBJ’s ‘Withdrawal Speech,’ Fifty Years Later,” Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College (March 2018).

Selected Conference Presentations

“‘Nucleus of the Arab peoples’ struggle’: The Superpowers and the Steadfastness and Confrontation Front,” The Late Cold War in the Middle East and North Africa, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA (June 2019).

  • Awaiting acceptance; panel organizer.

“Constrained by Reality: Tactical Nuclear Weapons Under Truman and Eisenhower,” The Strategic Challenge of Nuclear Weapons, 1949-1964, The Society for Military History Annual Meeting, Ohio State University, OH (May 2019).

  • Co-organized panel with Dr. Ian Ona Johnson (Yale).

“‘No matter what religion we may profess’: Protestants, Catholics, and the Spanish-American War in New Jersey’s Gateway Region,” The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: Lightning Round on Emerging Scholarship in the Field, Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (April 2019).

“Understanding Violence in Radical Ideological Insurgency,” with Samuel S. Stanton, Jr., Paper Session, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (April 2019).

  • Unable to attend; will be presented by Dr. Stanton.

Endowments, Organization, and Violence in the Islamic State,” (lead author) with Samuel S. Stanton, Jr., Paper Session, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (April 2018).

Proxy War as Strategic Avoidance: A Quantitative Study of Great Power Intervention in Intrastate Wars, 1816-2010,” Undergraduate Poster Session, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (April 2018).

“Lyndon Johnson: Patriot or Cynic? The Bombing Halts, Presidential Election, and Chennault Affair of 1968,” Phi Alpha Theta Western Pennsylvania Regional Conference, Grove City College, PA (March 2018).

  • Awarded Best Paper in a Panel.

“‘The nucleus of the Arab peoples’ struggle’: Relations of the Soviet Union and the Steadfastness and Confrontation Front,” Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention, New Orleans, LA (January 2018).

Why Terrorists Do Not Attack US Bridges and Tunnels: A Preliminary Investigation,” Undergraduate Poster Session, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (April 2017).

“Views of the Gateway Region on the Spanish-American War – 1898: The Year in Review,” Conference on Faith and History Undergraduate Research Conference, Regent University, VA (October 2016).

Grants, Awards, and Honors

Third Place, Three Minute Thesis Competition, Kent State University (Fall 2018).

  • Presentation: “Why Terrorists Do Not Attack American Bridges and Tunnels: A Preliminary Investigation.”

Lynn W. Turner [First Place] Prize (Undergraduate), Phi Alpha Theta National Paper Prize Competition (Fall 2018).

  • Paper: “Constrained by Reality: Tactical Nuclear Weapons under Truman and Eisenhower.”

Graduate Student Senate Domestic Travel Award, Kent State University (Fall 2018).

Intellectual Curiosity Award, Phi Alpha Theta, Alpha-Alpha-Lambda Chapter, Grove City College (Spring 2018).

Joseph F. Mahoney Research Award in New Jersey Catholic History, New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission (Fall 2017).

  • Paper: “‘No matter what religion we may profess’: Protestants, Catholics, and the Spanish-American War in New Jersey’s Gateway Region.”

Nels Andrew Cleven Founder’s [Second Place] Prize (Undergraduate), Phi Alpha Theta National Paper Prize Competition (Fall 2017).

  • Paper: “‘The nucleus of the Arab peoples’ struggle’: Relations of the Soviet Union and the Steadfastness and Confrontation Front.”

Relevant Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Kent State University, Kent, OH (Fall 2018–Spring 2020).

  • HIST 12070: Early America (with Dr. Leonne M. Hudson).
    • Lecture, “The Election of 1800 and the Jefferson Administration.”

Research and Writing Assistant to Robert Orlando, Nexus Media, Princeton, NJ (Summer 2018).

Archival Assistant, Grove City College Archives, Grove City, PA (Spring 2018).

  • Reorganized and processed the Ludwig von Mises Collection.

Intern, Grove City College Archives, Grove City, PA (Fall 2017)

Intern, Sussex County Historical Society, Newton, NJ (Summer 2017).

Academic and Professional Memberships

Society for Military History (2018–Present).

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (2018–Present).

Midwest Political Science Association (2016–Present).

Phi Alpha Theta History Honorary (2016–Present).

  • Secretary, Psi Chapter, Kent State University (2018–2019)
  • Vice President, Alpha-Alpha Lambda Chapter, Grove City College (2016–2018).
    • Organized Western Pennsylvania Regional Conference 2018.

New Jersey Historical Society, Newark, NJ (2015–Present).