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Ph.D. Government and International Affairs

School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies (SIGS) -University of South Florida
Fall 2015Spring 2021
  • Dissertation  The Domestic Reality of Foreign Policy: The 1994 Clinton Administration Response to the Crises in Rwanda and Haiti

  • Committee: Earl Conteh-Morgan, Ph.D. (Major Professor) Peter Funke, Ph.D., Marco Rimanelli, Ph.D., and Lawrence Morehouse, Ph.D. 
  • Comprehensive Exams: Major Field-International Relations ( Foreign Policy, and Human Rights) and Minor Field-Comparative Politics (Nationalism)
  • Areas of Concentration:  Political Institutions, Social Movements,  International Organizations, Popular Culture and Activism, Human Rights, Genocide, Race,  US Foreign Policy, Queer Studies, Theories of IR, and Public Policy and Education

BA, History

Saint Leo University
  • Thesis-The  International Community Response to Genocide in Rwanda 


Doctoral Lecturer(Teaching focused tenure-track)

John Jay College -CUNY
August 2023
  • Deliver engaging and informative lectures to undergraduate students in POL 101 - Introduction to American Government and Politics, fostering a deep understanding of the subject matter.
  • Collaborate with the POL 101 Committee to oversee assessment and provide adjunct support for the gateway course in the Political Science Major, ensuring its effectiveness and alignment with departmental goals.
  • Serve as a faculty mentor in the McNair TRIO program, providing guidance and support to underrepresented students pursuing doctoral studies.
  • Occasionally teach courses such as Introduction to International Relations, Racial Politics  and The Law and Politics of LGBTQ Rights, leveraging my expertise to create an inclusive and intellectually stimulating learning environment.
  • Contribute to the academic community through research and scholarly activities, staying current with the latest developments in the field of political science.

Term Assistant Professor of Political Science

Barnard College-Columbia University
July 2022June 2023
  • Developed and taught innovative courses at Barnard College, including "The Myth of A Post-Minority Era: The Politics of Diversity in the 21st Century," "The Domestic Reality of American Foreign Policy," and "Beyond Stonewall: The Dynamics of Queer Politics."
  • Designed curriculum and course materials that engaged students and fostered critical thinking and analysis.
  • Received positive feedback from students, consistently achieving high ratings in course evaluations.
  • Conducted research in the field of international relations, contributing to the academic community's understanding of global politics.
  • Taught Introduction to International Relations at Columbia University, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and theories.
  • Collaborated with colleagues at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, contributing to interdisciplinary research and fostering a collaborative academic environment.
  • Maintained clear and effective communication with students, colleagues, and administrators, ensuring a smooth and productive learning environment.
  • Proofread all course materials , ensuring accuracy and professionalism in all written work.

Visiting Assistant Professor of American Politics

The United States Military Academy at West Point
August 2021June 2022
  • Taught Introduction to American Politics to four sections per term, engaging students through interactive and dynamic teaching methods.
  • Contributed to the intellectual community of the Social Sciences department, actively participating in departmental meetings and discussions.
  • Developed and taught elective classes in the American Politics major, providing students with specialized knowledge and skills in their field of interest.
  • Mentored cadets, providing guidance and support in their academic and personal development.
  • Led the curriculum development for the 2022 Winant Scholars Program, designing a comprehensive program that exposed cadets to the modern dimensions of special relationships and strategic alliances.
  • Traveled with cadets to Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Iwo Jima, and Washington D.C., facilitating their learning and understanding of global politics and international relations.
  • Delivered a guest lecture on Queer Theory in SS392: The Politics of Race, Gender, and Sexuality, enriching students' understanding of the intersectionality of politics and identity.
  • Maintained clear and concise communication with students and colleagues, ensuring clarity and understanding of complex concepts.
  • Proofread all course materials and documentation, ensuring accuracy and professionalism in all academic materials.

Adjunct Professor

Saint Leo University
Summer 2017Present

Locations Taught at: University Campus (Pasco Country) Pasco County Jail, and the Tampa Center

  • Taught: Democracy Now in Troubled Times,
  • Immigration: Face of America,
  • Building a Multicultural Society
  • Modern Middle Eastern History
  • American Federal Government
  • Native American History
  • Adopted: African-American History: From Slavery to Freedom 
    • I adopted and created the online version of this course. 
  • I taught on location at Pasco County Jail where I taught law enforcement and prison personnel classes through St Leo University
    • I have taught: Building a Multiracial Society, Democracy in Troubled Times, and Immigration
    • These classes demonstrated the need for cultural awareness classes for law enforcement personnel.
  • Developed and Taught:
    • Beyond the Border: Immigration, Migrations, and Human Rights 
    • Queer Social Movements in Global Context
    • Queer Theory
    • #Hashtag Global Activism: The Politics and Dynamics of Social Movements 
    • Remote Cosmopolitanism: How to Survive a Global Pandemic?
    • Global Queer Cultures on Film and TV
    • The Art of War: Game Theory, Foreign Policy, and the Struggle for Peace Taught:
    • Theory of Knowledge

Course Director-International Development

Verto Education
Fall 2020May 2021
  • Build on existing course descriptions to write course syllabus a rubric with cyclical feedback and review from Verto Education and partner colleges.
  • Collaborate with country teams to identify experiential opportunities that align with the course to include in the program itinerary
  • Participate in final hiring and screening of Verto’s Field Instructors
  • Write Field Instructor’s Resource Guide (lesson plans)
  • Plan and execute training modules on course content for Field Instructors
  • Biweekly meetings with Field Instructors to provide coaching and guidance on content delivery
  • Supervision of grading and assignments as carried out by students
  • Possibility of field visits depending on necessity and availability

Adjunct Professor

Hillsborough Community College
Summer 2017Summer 2021

Locations Taught At: Ybor, TECO, Bayshore Christian School, and e-learning.

  • Teach: Introduction to Political Science.
  • American Federal Government.
  • Developed: Introduction to Black Culture.

Adjunct Professor

USF Undergraduate Studies
  • Taught Academic Foundations.
  • Foundations of Interdisciplinary Knowledge and Inquiry.

Graduate Associate, Upward Bound Program

USF Upward Bound
Spring 2013 Summer 2021
  • Monitored and implemented academic improvement plans with students who had semester GPA’s below 2.5.
  • Assisted with in school visits with our partner high schools: Tampa Bay Technical High School, King High School, Armwood High School, Chamberlin High School, Jefferson High School, Leto High School, Middleton High School, and Blake High School.
  • Counsel alumni who are attempting to return to USF.
  • Co-coordinated and chaperoned college tours at the following colleges/universities: University of Florida, Florida A & M University, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida-St Pete, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, Edward Waters College,  Florida Memorial University, Miami University, FAMU College of Law, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse College, Spellman College, Clark Atlanta University, University of Alabama, Tuskegee University, Georgetown University, Howard University, University of North Florida, Daytona State College, Florida.
  • Polytechnic University, Savannah State University, University of South Carolina Beaufort, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • Scholarship matching: Researched scholarships for students and matched their academic profile to available scholarships.
  • Teach and Tutor (past and present courses: AP World History, World History, US History, AP US History, Economics, and developed the Holocaust.
  • Help developed the Pre-Law internship where first-generation students learned about careers in law.
  • Tracked Student Overall GPA’s, graduation rates, reasons for not graduating, rate of students who went to CC and then 4 year, and percentage of students  who  graduated in 6 years.
  • Collaborated with the overseeing the day-today operations of the Social Services track.
  • Secured VIP Guest Speakers (for free) such as Ambassador Prudence Bushnell.
  • Assisted with the renewal of the Upward Bound Program grant and the attempted creation of a STEM Upward Bound Program grant.
  • Collected and analyzed data to report semester and annual reports, mentor juniors and seniors through independent learning projects.
  • Worked with the seniors on the college admission process.
  • Helped edited the Upward Bound Program Grant for its five year-renewal process.
  • Research barriers that first-generation and low-income students face in the college.
  • Tutored on Saturdays in high school History courses.
  • Taught reading and history courses during the summer.
  • Recruited prospective students into the Upward Bound Program.
  • Interviewed prospective high school students as part of their application process.
  • Oversaw the residential program, hired, and trained RA’s(2013-2015).

Leap-LEAP Learning Enhancement for Academic Progress–Peer Educator

Saint Leo University
2012 2013
  • Teaching Assistant to SLU courses.
  • Mentored and Tutored International students and students on probation.


Licenses & certifications

Gender Analytics: Gender Equity through Inclusive Design Specialization


Special Course Program-Gender Analytics is a way to analyze your products, services, processes and policies with a gender lens to uncover hidden opportunities for innovation and effectiveness. 



This six-hour course puts the participant in the role of provider in a post-disaster setting. The course is for individuals new to disaster response and want to learn the goals of PFA. Additional details about the course can be found on the website.

Developing Clinical Competence in Working with LGBTQ Youth and Families

the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
June 2021no expiration date

Certification on how to work with  LGBTQ YOUTH 

Published Papers and Articles

London Has Fallen. Who Cares?

USF Oracle
March 2016

Critique on the the film-London has Fallen

Batman vs Superman: Yawn of Justice

USF Oracle
March 2016

Critique on the film-Batman vs Superman

The Need for a “Queer” Reckoning

October 2021

Article about the "post-queer era"

Black Panther shows black stories matter

USF Oracle

Critique on the film- Black Panther 


Mentoring Students THesis

  • 2017 USF Undergraduate Research Colloquium - Breanna Nierlich(Primary Advisor)-The US Enforcement of R2P in the case of Libya.
  • 2018 USF Undergraduate Research Colloquium- Jocelyn Hall(Primary Advisor)- The US Response to the Blood Diamond Crises in Sierra Leone.
  • 2020 USF Honors Thesis (Primary Advisor) –Haleigh Williams-Racism in The Queer Community: Grindr as a Case Study.
  • 2021 USF Honors Thesis(Co-advisor)- Kawtar Guenoun-Media Perception of the HIV/ AIDS Epidemic: A content analysis
  • 2022 Senior Thesis in American Politics at the United States Military Academy at West Point-Ryan Herbrich (Committee member) -All Politics is….National? Evidence from Two Survey Experiments 

Research Colloquium Facilitator

University of South Florida Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium
2013 Present
  • Engage the students in a formative discussion about their work and provide feedback to them on their communication skills.
  • Completed a feedback rubric for each researcher and nominated an exceptional student for a Research Excellence Award.


FAEOPP Summer Olympics
2013 Present
  • Coach students with winning results in the following areas: Scholars Bowl and Public Speaking.
  • Won the Florida TRIO Scholar Bowl in 2014, 2015, 2017, and advanced to the regionals in Atlanta, Georgia.

Florida Trio

Student Leadership Conference Debate Coordinator
2013 Present
  • Oversaw the Florida TRIO SSS/Debate program which has been hosted at the following universities: University of Florida, University of Central Florida, and Florida State.
  • I designed all debate questions based off of the relative current events.
  • The winning TRIO debate program would advance to the regional competition.
  • Led a team of judges from various institutions of higher educations.


  • The Need for a “Queer” Reckoning
  • Guest Talk at the USF Honors Council.
    • Tension Points in Human Rights and Immigration.
  • Presented papers at Florida Educational Fund.
  • Presented workshops for Focus the Nation at Saint Leo University: 2010 - 2012. 
    • How to Kill Humans Effectively: The Murder Tactics of Genocide.
    • Revisiting 1990s ethnic conflict: Bloodbath in Yugoslavia.
    • Nuclear disaster in the 1980s: The Political and environmental outcome of Chernobyl.

Development Workshops

Shock and Awe: The Use OfYouTube to CultivateMeaningful CriticalConversations on Diversityissues

Saint Leo University
Spring 2021

Teaching minority/cultural studies or social science classes may seem more challenging in a polarized world. As a Saint Leo faculty member who taught at Pasco County Jail; the power of visuals helps the students understand complex issues on diversity.

The use of controversial YouTube channels such as Buzzfeed, Cut Video, and Vox creates a familiar area of confronting that allows students to comment and reinforce the content critically.

This workshop will feature different scenarios where my use of YouTube helped bridged the divide and created a welcoming environment to make students' views heard by not straying from the course content.

Toxic Masculinity

USF Upward Bound
Summer 2019

Toxic Masculinity is an interactive workshop focused on how to overcome societal constructs of manhood. Can one be smart and cool at the same time? The answer to that question of the hitherto unexamined American dilemma that this interactive workshop is predicated on in order to create positive messages of identity. The workshop will function as a dialogue on handling the pressures of manhood


Political Analysis

I can help explain political phenomenal

This is includes but not limited to: 

International Crises 

Presidential and Congressional Issues

Election Outcomes

Checks and Balances in the United States

International relations

Elite Interviewing

Interviewed  Ambassador Prudence Bushnell (Ret), and other high-level policymakers

I have developed techniques that make people comfortable to talk to me


Foreign Policy Expertise

I have a broad command of foreign policy knowledge.

My specialty is that I can look at external and internal causes of foreign policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

I have a demonstrated record of tackling areas of diversity and inclusion

I approach diversity and inclusion from an intersectional perspective by equally looking at: race, gender, sexuality, class, and ableism. 

Genocide/EXTREMISM and Human Rights Expertise

I have examined the international community's response to the Rwanda Genocide in three different degrees: History (2012), Africana Studies(2015), and Government (2021) 

I know how to spot and combat extermism

Archival Research

Analyze documents on-site at the Clinton Library, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Conducted a content analysis of news articles and broadcast news 


  • American Political Science Association
  • International Association of Genocide Scholars
  • Critical Ethnic Studies Association
  • The American Studies Association


  • Earl Conteh-Morgan, Ph.D.
    • Professor of International Studies at the University of South Florida
  • Marco Rimanelli, Ph.D. 
    • Professor of Political Science  and International Studies at Saint Leo University 
  • Raymond Cabrera 
    • Director of the University of South Florida Upward Bound Program