Raised in the shadow of Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains, I have always been consumed by wanderlust, a spirit of adventure, and a curiosity about people, places, and things unknown. So I chose a career that would allow me to explore the world both physically and intellectually and am now an assistant professor of political science at Leiden University in the Netherlands. My research combines interests in political communication (especially via social media), social movements, Islam and Muslims and politics, and research methodologies. I have conducted fieldwork in Western Europe and throughout former Soviet Central Asia.
I teach undergraduate- and graduate-level courses on media and politics, research methods, and professional and academic skill development. I also supervise several PhD students. I am deeply committed to improving my students' learning outcomes and have been appointed to the Leiden Teachers Academy in recognition of my various classroom innovation initiatives.
My personal hobbies include reading, cycling, hiking, camping, and travel. If there's a mountain trail nearby, you'll find me there.