Department of Political Science
1125 Au Sable Hall
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401-9403
tel.: (616) 331-2869
Ph.D., Political Science, Duke University, 1996
M.S., International Food and Nutrition Policy, Tufts University, 1986
M.A., International Relations, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, 1980
B.A., Political Science, Tufts University, 1978
Issues in World Politics
International Political Economy
Government and Politics of Western Europe
The European Union
International Relations Capstone
"The Roots of Confidence in the European Union" (with Polly J. Diven). Horyzonty Polityki/Horizons of Politics 4:8 (2013).
“The Domestic Foundations of Confidence in the United Nations” (with Polly J. Diven). Peace Studies Journal 4:2 (2011).
"Playing the Field: Federalism and the Politics of Venue Shopping in the United States and Canada." Publius: The Journal of Federalism 40:3 (Summer 2010). Download
“Explaining Generosity: A Comparison of U.S. and European Public Opinion on Foreign Aid” (with Polly J. Diven). Journal of Transatlantic Studies 7:2 (2009).
"Interest Group Strategies in Multi-level Europe." Journal of Public Affairs 7:1 (February 2007). Download
“The Europeanization of Interest Group Politics in Italy: Business Associations in Rome and the Regions.” Journal of European Public Policy 11:6 (December 2004).
"Continental Europe: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece" in Research Guide to U.S. and International Interest Groups, Clive S. Thomas, ed. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004.
“Italy: The Erosion and Demise of Party Dominance” in Political Parties and Interest Groups: Shaping Democratic Governance, Clive S. Thomas, ed. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001.
"Multi-level Lobbying in the European Union: A Paired Sectoral Comparison Across the French-Italian Border." Regional and Federal Studies 6:3 (Autumn 1996).
“Lobbying the EU.” Seventh General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, Bordeaux, France, September 2013.
“Subnational Responses to the Financial Crisis in Canada and the United States.” Presented at the 6th General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, Reykjavik, August 2011.
“Public Confidence in the EU: A Multivariate Analysis of the World Values Survey’s Fifth Wave” (with Polly J. Diven). Presented at the European Union Studies Association Twelfth Biennial International Conference, Boston, March 2011 and the meeting of the European Consortium for Political Research, Porto, Portugal, June 2010.
“Playing the Field: Federalism and the Politics of Venue Shopping in the U.S. and Canada.” Presented at the APSA Pre-Conference on Canadian and U.S. Federalism, Toronto, September 2, 2009, sponsored by the APSA Federalism Section and Publius: The Journal of Federalism.
“Political Responses to Globalization in Europe and the U.S.” Michael S. Dukakis Chair in Public Policy and Service, American College of Thessaloniki, March 4, 2009.
I developed and have taught a variety of comparative politics, international relations, and research methods courses at GVSU. I served as the department chair and international relations program coordinator from 2002-2006. My research focuses on the domestic politics of international integration, particularly in North America and the European Union. I have been working on a panel study of the "multi-level" lobbying strategies of business associations in Genoa, Italy and Marseille, France. My interest in Italy began as a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins Bologna Center. Later, I was a visiting fellow at the EU's European University Institute in Florence, and a Fulbright scholar in Genoa. I helped develop the department's faculty exchange with the University of Perugia, and have visited Grand Rapids' beautiful sister city several times. I also enjoy visiting Greece, where I have family in the Peloponnese and Chios. Before starting my academic career, I was an international economist for a management consulting firm, and a manager for two international development agencies, CRS in Senegal, and ACCION in Boston.