I was born in farm country near Plymouth, Indiana and graduated from a public high school there in 1971. Though most of my professional life has been spent in Louisville, I taught at a small college in Florida for one year before coming to UofL in 1980. I’ve also lived in California, Great Britain and South Korea, and traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and parts of Latin America. Hobbies include music, biking, hiking, pool, volleyball, Taekwondo, and raising an energetic boy.
Honors and Awards
Hoover Institution National Fellowship, Stanford, 1985-86
International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, 1987-88
Distinguished Alumnus, Purdue University, 1991
Distinguished Research Award, University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences, 1991
Senior Fulbright Scholar, Pusan, Korea, 1995
Career Achievement Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville, 2001-02
College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Award for Outstanding Departmental Leadership, 2005-06
Listed in Who's Who in America, 1999-present
University Scholar, 2007-2012
A&S Career Award in Service, 2015
Distinguished University Scholar, 2012-2017
University Scholar, 2017-2020
Russia and Eurasia
Politics of Oil
Comparative Political Culture
Theories of Comparative Politics
Research Areas and Projects
Russia and Eurasia
Briefed office of Assistant Secretary for Defense, Pentagon, on Russian-Chinese relations, October 2018.
Executive Director, Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations (since 1990)
Frequent participant, chair, and discussant at national and international conferences.
“The United States and Central Asia: Is Democracy Promotion Passé?” Kentucky Political Science Association, Morehead, KY, March 6-7, 2020.
“Why Isn’t Russia a Pacific Power?” International Studies Association, Toronto, Canada, March 27, 2019.
“Russia’s Reaction to U.S. Security Policy in the Trump Administration,” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies national convention, Boston, December 8, 2018.
“China-Russia Relations in Energy, Trade and Finance,” National Bureau of Asian Research conference, Washington, D.C., October 10, 2018.
“Contesting the Security Order in the Pacific: Does Russia Have a Role?” International Studies Association annual convention, San Francisco, April 7, 2018.