I received my Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina and currently I am an Instructor at the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies at the University of South Carolina.  As an international relations scholar, I have been researching soft power, more specifically the various soft power instruments including sports, culture and education. I created a new soft power measurement method and a new dataset to evaluate all countries’ soft power use.  

In Comparative Politics my focus has been the soft power use of European countries including former communist states such as Hungary and Russia. In 2018, I received an APSA travel grant and I was nominated for IPSA’s Francesco Kjellberg Award for Outstanding Papers Presented by a New Scholar for my conceptual and operation approach of measuring soft power.  

The courses I have taught are Introduction to International Relations, European Studies, The Conduct and Formulation of U.S. Foreign Policy, Soft Power in International Relations and American Government.