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About Me

I am an associate professor of political science at Western Kentucky University and my research primarily focuses on the domestic and international politics of East Asia.  My work analyzes electoral behavior and public opinion in East Asian democracies (Taiwan, South Korea, Japan), the impact of mixed-member electoral systems, diplomatic recognition of Taiwan, cross-strait relations, support for LGBT rights, and North Korean politics broadly defined. My work beyond East Asia includes work on Germany, Mexico, Lesotho, South Africa, and microstates.

I have published over 40 peer-reviewed publications, including works in Legislative Studies Quarterly, Journal of East Asian Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Government & Opposition, International Political Science Review, Pacific Affairs, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Issues & Studies, and Security Journal. I also frequently collaborate with undergraduate students on peer-reviewed and news publications.