Professor of Political Science
- 2013-Present, Professor of Political Science, University of Lynchburg
- 2005-2013, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Lynchburg
- 1999-2005, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Alma College
- 1998-1999, Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science, Alma College
- 1997-1998, Adjunct Professor, Political Science, University of Connecticut
- 1996-1997, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History and Political Science, Quinnipiac College
- 1991-1994, Lecturer, Political Science, University of Connecticut
- 1990-1994, Instructor, Center for Academic Programs, University of Connecticut
- PhD, Political Science – University of Connecticut, 1996
- MA, Political Science – University of Connecticut, 1988
- MA, Political Science and Journalism – Jagiellonian University, 1984
- BA, Political Science and Journalism – Jagiellonian University, 1984
- Diploma in International Studies, School of Advanced International Studies – Johns Hopkins University: The Bologna Center, Italy, 1982
- Nordic, Central, and Southeastern Europe, book in “The World Today 2017-2018” series. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017.
- Nordic, Central, and Southeastern Europe, book in “The World Today 2016-2017” series. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.
- “These Rocks Will Roll: Songs and Resistance in Communist Poland,” chapter in E. Rojas and L. Michie (eds.) Sounds of Resistance: The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism. New York: Praeger Press, 2013.
- “Singing out of Pain: Protest Songs and Social Mobilization,” The Polish Review 57, 1 (2012): 5-31.
- “Damming It: Why Environmentalists Doomed an Environmental Protest,” The Polish Review 52, 4 (2007): 451-461.
- “On Movement Frames and Negotiated Identities: The Case of Poland’s First Solidarity Congress,” (with Cyrus E. Zirakzadeh), Social Movement Studies 5, 2 (September 2006): 91-115.
- “Perceptions, Cultural Shackles, and Social Mobilization,” International Psychology Reporter 9, 3 (Fall 2005): 27-29.
- “Frame Globally, Block Locally: Ecological Direct Action and Democratization in Poland,” chapter in R.F. Farnen, H. Decker, C. De Landtsheer, H. Sunker, and D. B. German (eds.) Democratization, Europeanization, and Globalization Trends, Peter Lang Publishers, 2005.
- “Activist Frames and ‘Pictures in Our Heads,'” International Psychology Reporter 8, 1 (Spring 2004): 10-12.
- “Have Case Will Travel: Taking Political Science On (and Off) the Road,” PS: Political Science and Politics 26, 3 (July 2003): 441-445.
- “Terms of Endearment: Intellectuals and Workers Mobilizing for a Social Movement,” Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 29, 2 (June 1996): 185-212.
- “Terrorism as a Symbiotic Process: A Study of Mass Media and Violence,” (with Russell Farnen), in Clinton R. Sanders (ed.) Marginal Conventions, Popular Culture, Mass Media and Social Deviance, Bowling Green: Popular Press, 1990.
- “Terrorism and Media,” Zeszyty Prasoznawcze (Cracow) 26, 4: 23-36.
Honors and Awards
- 2014: Herbert Bruce Leadership Award, University of Lynchburg
- 2008: Organization Advisor of the Year Award, University of Lynchburg
- 2006, 2008, 2012, 2016: University of Lynchburg Summer Research Grant
- 2003, 2005: Post-Secondary Curriculum Development Grant, Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies, University of Michigan
- 2003-2004: Service Learning Faculty Fellow, Alma College
- 2002: Wal-Mart Environmental Community Grant
- 2000, 2001: Michigan Campus Compact Venture Grant
- 2000: McGregor Foundation Instructional Technology Grant, Alma College
- 1999: Universities as Citizens Grant for the development of the Eastern European cooperation project
- 1993: Norman Kogan Fellowship in Western European Politics, University of Connecticut
- Global Politics
- Terrorism and Revolution
- World Geography
- Quest for Justice
- Comparative Politics
- European Union Politics
- EU Leadership
- Russia and the European Neighborhood
- Social Movements and Politics
- Research Methods
- Senior Thesis
Languages Spoken/Understood: Polish, English, Russian, Italian, Slovak