This afternoon my colleagues Lucas Núñez, Jess Terman, Rob McGrath, and I will be meeting with students in the Schar School of Policy and Government’s “Virtual Learning Community” (VLC). I’m looking forward to getting to know our wonderful students at Schar a bit better.


My democratic theory and practice course (GOVT 101) last fall has been recognized as “an outstanding Mason Core Social/Behavioral Sciences course.” I enjoy teaching this introductory course and I’m looking forward to continually improving it.

A drop of good news in an ocean of bad: my article titled “Must penal law be insulated from public influence?” has been accepted at Law and Philosophy. [Accessible here.]

Later this week I’ll be one of the faculty presenters for Mason’s PhD Research Morning. The aim of Research Morning is to provide PhD students with tips and tools for navigating the proposal and dissertation stages of the program, and to begin thinking beyond the dissertation. My short talk is on “Writing Your Dissertation.”  January 29, 11:15 in Research Hall.

Yesterday was the final session of my first class at Mason — thanks to my students for a wonderful term!


I’ll be in Chicago this spring presenting a revised chapter from my book manuscript at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) annual meeting. April 16-19, Chicago.

I’ll be presenting a revised draft of the introduction to my book manuscript on a panel at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association this spring. April 9-11, Los Angeles.

Later this term I’ll be presenting in-progress work on populism and penal law at GMU’s internal speaker series, WRiPS. A draft of the paper is available on request. Nov. 6, 12-1:30 in the Johnson Center.

This term I’m teaching an introductory course (GOVT 101) titled “Democratic Theory and Practice.” I’m looking forward to getting to know my new students at Mason. [syllabus]