About Me

I am an associate professor of political science at Western Kentucky University. My primary research interest concerns electoral politics in East Asia (Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan), with an emphasis on the impact of the mixed-member legislative system. My broader research interests include diverse topics in East Asian domestic and international politics, including North Korea politics, diplomatic recognition of Taiwan, cross-strait relations, and support for same-sex marriage legislation. Beyond East Asia, my research covers issues in other mixed-member systems (Germany, Mexico, Lesotho), Nigerian email scams, and the politics of microstates. I have published over 40 peer-reviewed publications, including 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.