I am a Political Scientist (PhD: UBC 2011) teaching in International Studies at Soka University of America. I have worked for Asian Human Rights NGOs (Forum Asia),the Carter Center, the Canadian Government, the European Union, and recently completed a term as the Director of the Pacific Basin Research Center. My research and teaching interests related to politics in Southeast Asia, armed conflict, state and society, democratization, and religious politics.
***On Sabbatical until February 2020***
Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI), University of Victoria (Summer 2019); Election Observer, Government of Canada Mission to Ukraine (July 2019); Visiting Professor, the Australian National University (Fall 2019)
My books include Civilian Strategy in Civil War: Insights from Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines (Palgrave 2014, available here), Explaining the Genetic Footprint of Catholic and Protestant Colonizers (Palgrave 2015, available here), and The Pacific Basin: An Introduction (co-edited with Michael Weiner, Routledge 2017, available here).