I teach international conflict and religion. I am a recipient of the Berkeley Undergraduate Political Science Association’s “Distinguished Teaching Award”, the Berkeley Division of Social Sciences’ “Distinguished Teaching Award”, Berkeley’s campus-wide “Distinguished Teaching Award”, and the American Political Science Association’s “Outstanding Teaching in Political Science Award”.
My research explores the role of ideas, practices and symbols in international security with particular attention to the relationship between religion and conflict. My published work focuses on territorial disputes, religion in the military, conflicts over holy places, and the pervasive role of religion on the modern battlefield.
Religion on the Battlefield (under contract, Cornell University Press) examines the impact of religious ideas, symbols and practices on decision making in 20th century interstate wars. Religion in the Military Worldwide (Cambridge, 2014), is a collection of essays on religion in contemporary armed forces. War on Sacred Grounds (Cornell, 2009) analyzes the causes and characteristics of disputes over sacred places around the globe and the conditions under which these conflicts can be managed. I have published on religion and conflict in the journals Security Studies, International Security, Terrorism and Political Violence, Politics and Religion, Civil Wars and others and I have contributed chapters on similar themes to numerous volumes.
Together with M. Steven Fish, I co-direct Berkeley’s Religion and Politics Program (RPP, formerly RPGP). I founded and now chair the Religion and International Relations section (REL) of the International Studies Association. I am an associate editor of the journal Security Studies.