I am an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology at Murray State University. I study International Relations and Comparative Politics, with my research focusing on human rights, protests and advocacy, and Latin American politics. My particular interest is in the role of non-state actors in domestic and international politics and the formation of advocacy networks. Specifically, I study the effectiveness of transitional justice mechanisms in post-conflict and post-authoritarian states. I am also interested in the formation of social movements in Latin America that oppose resource extraction and how individuals form their attitudes toward extractive industries. For more information please see my CV and research interests. Please also see my teaching section for more information on my experience in the classroom.