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Sunday, August 31, 2003

About me

I am a Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville, where I have taught since 1991. From 1994-2011, I chaired the committee overseeing the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, which has long been the largest cash prize administered by political scientists.

I served as Acting Department Chair from July 2007 to June 2008 and became full-time chair on January 1, 2012. Over the past five years, I headed the College of Arts & Sciences "Green Team" and then was appointed as a member of the Provost's Sustainability Council and the Administration, Finance and Outreach (AFO) Committee of that Council. In fall 2010, the Provost named me to the University-Wide Committee on Socially Responsible Investing. In fall 2012, I became the chair of the AFO committee. We have accomplished a good deal at Louisville and we have committed to carbon neutrality by 2050.

Wofford College President Nayef H. Samhat and I wrote Democratizing Global Politics; Discourse Norms, International Regimes, and Political Community, which was published by SUNY Press in March 2004. A fairly complete list of my other academic publications -- mostly about international security topics, global environmental politics, and/or political communication -- can be found here. Or here.

Decades ago, I was a Fellow at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation (1987-88) and at Chicago's Program on International Political Economy and Security (1988-89). I also taught as a visiting faculty member at Northwestern for two years before arriving at Louisville. I spent a recent sabbatical at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Security (2005).

This personal blog began in September 2003. In June 2005, I began posting regularly at the international relations group blog, Duck of Minerva, though my output has slowed in recent years. In August 2009, I started writing occasional blog posts on Climate Politics: IR and the Environment for e-International Relations (e-IR).

I love baseball and have been a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) since 1997. Primarily, I am a consumer, not a producer, of baseball research. I root (seemingly without much hope or purpose) for the Kansas City Royals and compete in a couple of fantasy baseball leagues. One is the Hardy House League, which some friends invited me to join in 1989 while I was living in Chicago. After a long drought, my team won the 2010 championship. The second is the 24 team Original Bitnet Fantasy League Baseball," which I joined in 1991 and last won in the second half season of 2008.

I also enjoy watching University of Kansas basketball, reading "hard boiled" detective fiction, listening to Americana music, viewing movies and playing Texas Hold'em poker. I occasionally blog about these interests. More likely, you'll find me "micro-blogging" on one of my two Twitter accounts (professional and personal).

My wife reads this blog and often sends me articles or tidbits for topical consideration. We live with our youngest teenage daughter and two mutts of unknown origin that were born in July 2005. Our oldest daughter will be a college junior in 2013-2014.


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