For the 2024-2025 school year, I am a Postdoctoral Associate with the Political Science Department at Duke University. I hold a PhD in Political Theory from the Catholic University of America. My PhD dissertation is titled “How Political Action Shapes the Actor: The Political Theory of Martin Luther King Jr.” I have also written academic articles on Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the American founding. 

Before pursuing a PhD, I earned an MA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, and wrote my masters thesis on Friedrich Nietzsche.

I am also a novelist. On this website you can read about my published novel, watch a trailer for it, buy it, or read some of the other fiction I have published. 

I love to teach, discuss a good book, or give talks on something related to Martin Luther King Jr., the U.S. civil rights movement, or the role of art and artists in American culture. I also love to give and receive feedback on good writing, whether academic or creative. Please send me an email, if you are interested in working with me on any of these.

In my “other life” I grew up on a Texas ranch. I have worked in the U.S. Senate, the White House, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the United States European Command Headquarters in Germany. I live in Carrboro, North Carolina with my wife, daughter, and motorcycle.

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