Ph.D Candidate in Political ScienceEducation:
B.A., Political Science, College of the Holy Cross, 2008
A native of Glastonbury, Connecticut, Eric graduated magna cum laude in 2008 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. A member of the PhD program at Baylor since August of 2010, Eric's research interests include international relations theory, Cold War and post-Cold War foreign policy, executive leadership in varying regime types, the impact of ideology on diplomacy and military doctrine, and the political thought of Shakespeare. He plans to write his dissertation on frameworks of internal justification that limit and condition the foreign policy of authoritarian regimes, with particular focus on Stalin's Soviet Union, Sukarno's Indonesia, and Saddam Hussein's Iraq. His wife Christina, a fellow 2008 Crusader, teaches English Language Arts at Harmony Science Academy in Waco.
Participation at Professional Meetings
Roundtable on "Economic Liberty and Literature in the plays of William Shakespeare and Benjamin Jonson" at the Alexander Hamilton Institute Summer Conference, Clinton, NY, June 2011
Panelist, Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Conference, Nov. 17-19, 2011, ‘Shakespeare's Political Thought' presenting Our Wars Are Done: The Decline of Machiavelli in Much Ado About Nothing and Othello
Panelist, Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Conference, Nov. 16-18, 2012, "Checks & Balances: The Presidency & the Congress" presenting The Noblest Opportunity: Personality and Leadership in the Senate's League of Nations Debate
Panelist, International Scholars Association Annual Conference, April 3-6, 2013. "Statesmanship and Power" presenting Joseph Stalin and First Image Analysis: A Case Study in the Role of Leadership
(forthcoming) Panelist, American Political Science Association Annual Conference, August 29th-September 1st, 2013 "Strategy and Ambition in the Federalist and Convention Debates" presenting "A Willing Martyr: Hamiltonian Realism at the Constitutional Convention"
Teacher of Record
PSC 3315 Fundamentals of International Politics, Fall 2012
PSC 3355 Causes of War, Fall 2013
PSC 3304 Comparative Politics, Dr. Sergiy Kudelia, Spring 2013
PSC 4316 Grand Strategy, Dr. Bradley Thayer, Spring 2012
PSC 3355 Causes of War, Dr. Bradley Thayer, Spring 2012
PSC 3315 Fundamentals of International Politics, Dr. Bradley Thayer, Fall 2011