I am the chairperson of the Department of Cultural, Environmental, and Global Studies at Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. I teach in the undergraduate political science and global studies majors, and in the graduate program in international relations. My formal education is in political science. I have a PhD from the University of Hawai’i, which I obtained after doing dissertation field research in Vietnam, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MIT. My research interests fall into two general areas: the political economy of development, especially as applied to Asia and the Middle East, and evaluating the effectiveness of teaching methods used in the university classroom. I’m the first member of my family to go to college. All photos here are my own -- I like to travel.