As the publications below suggest, I’ve developed an eclectic research agenda over the past several years. Traditionally, my research has focused on Russian foreign policy and the politics of conflict and cooperation with regards to scarce environmental resources. In recent years, however, I have found myself increasingly interested in the intersection of popular culture and politics. After writing a pair of articles using the zombies and vampires featured in works of pop culture to explore various political questions, I am currently working on a project that explores the depiction of bureaucratic order in the 2013 video game Papers, Please.
- “Beyond 2014: Afghanistan’s Agricultural Revival, Water Scarcity, and Regional Insecurity.” Marine Corps University Journal 5, no. 2 (Fall 2014): 25-45.
- “Zombies, International Relations, and the Production of Danger: Critical Security Studies versus the Living Dead.” Studies in Popular Culture 36, no. 2 (Spring 2014): 1-27.
- “Marxferatu: The Vampire Metaphor as a Tool for Teaching Marx’s Critique of Capitalism.” PS: Political Science & Politics 46, no. 3 (July 2013): 637-642.
- “Land Grabs, Radicalization, and Political Violence: Lessons from Mali and Beyond” (with Douglas A. Borer). CTX: Combating Terrorism Exchange 3, no. 1 (February 2013): 10-16.
- “Rationality and Risk-Taking in Russia’s First Chechen War: Toward a Theory of Cognitive Realism.” European Political Science Review 2, no. 2 (July 2010): 187-210.
- “Russian Authoritarian Pluralism: A Global Trend?” (with Douglas A. Borer). Cambridge Review of International Affairs 19, no. 4 (December 2006): 571-588.
- “Where Oil and Water Do Mix: Environmental Scarcity, Political Legitimacy and Future Conflict the Middle East and North Africa” (with Douglas A. Borer). Parameters: US Army War College Quarterly 34, no. 4 (Winter 2004/05): 86-101.
For more details on my research activities, please see my curriculum vitae.