He researches, teaches, and publishes on significant problems and methods associated with development, democracy and human rights. HIs current focus is on measuring, analysing, and evaluating interventions to combat contemporary forms of slavery. He is a member of the Rights and Justice Research Priority Area Internal Fellow of the Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP) research centre in the School of Economics, and Fellow of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex.
He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, an MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University in 1990, an MA in Political Science from the University of Colorado in 1993, and a PhD in Government from the University of Essex in the UK in 2000.
While at Essex, he was the Deputy Director (1999-2003) and Co-Director (2003-2005) of the Human Rights Centre, Director of the Centre for Democratic Governance (2006-2010), Director of the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (2010-2013), and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (2013-2015).
He has taught on a variety of training and capacity building activities in Brazil, China, Finland, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Mozambique, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Uganda and the United States.
His publications include research monographs, peer-reviewed journal articles, textbooks, review articles, book reviews, working papers, conference papers, reports and ‘knowledge products’ for the wider policy community. His most popular book is Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics, which has sold over 15,000 copies and is in its 4th Edition (January 2017).
He has published with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Georgetown University Press, University of California Press, Routledge, Sage, Polity, Bloomsbury, and Lynne Rienner.
He has articles in International Studies Quarterly, The British Journal of Political Science, Human Rights Quarterly, Democratization, Political Studies, The Journal of Human Rights, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Electoral Studies, Human Rights and Human Welfare, Public Law, and The California Western International Law Journal.
He has been an active member of the American Political Science Association (APSA), has served as Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Human Rights Section, and served on the committee for the Gabriel Almond Award for the Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics.
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