Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm a law and government professor, recently moved to the Easton
area from St. Louis. I'm originally from DC, and lived for a long
time in Boston and Princeton, so I am happy to be back East!
I'm a huge nerd in some ways, but not in the ways many people
expect. I am definitely a stereotypical academic in the sense that
I love wearing corduroy blazers and holing up in ivory towers. But
I was never really into science fiction or video games.
I AM huge nerd over politics….I attended the Democratic National
Convention even back in high school. At some point, I decided I
didn't quite have the right personality to actually be a
politician, so now I’m a political science professor, and am very
happy with my decision. FWIW, I am liberal Democrat, but as a
student of politics, I also welcome debate as much as blanket
I am also passionate about music, both listening and performing; I
am a singer and guitarist and love 80's and 90's Britpop most. I am
so glad to be in a city again where I can go to concerts when I
feel like just like back when I lived in DC or Boston; central NJ
is pretty much a wasteland for this sort of thing.
Finally, I love playing board games (pretty big collection of
German titles in the back of my closet) and poker (briefly
semi-professionally while in grad school….see the photos for my
career ‘highlight’). I’ve never actual played strip poker, but I’ll
bet I could beat you at strip ‘Funkenschlag’ (probably not as
scandalous as it sounds)!
What I’m doing with my life
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I teach constitutional law and American Politics to undergrads, and
presumably spend the rest of my time on "research".
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Singing, guitar, poker chip tricks, knowing the electoral histories
of members of Congress, the German board game "Puerto Rico". I was
never very good at most video games, but I was great at the games
where all you had to do was push one button really fast.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Music: Brit pop! Blur, Smiths, Radiohead, Beatles, Super Furry
Animals, Muse, Mansun, Bjork, Stone Roses, Prince, The Everly
Brothers, Paul Simon, British Sea Power, the Pipettes, Tennis,
Grizzly Bear. I've heard you are supposed to like best whatever
music came out when you were 18....so I guess my favorite album is
Books: The Law of Democracy, Political Game Theory, Harrington on
Hold 'em, Wuthering Heights. I am now reading the fifth Game of
Thrones book, "Julian" by Gore Vidal, and "To the Finland Station"
by Edmund Wilson.
Movies: High Fidelity, Rounders, Office Space, Josie & the
Pussycats. I love comedies in general, and hate horror movies and
stupid action movies. But I don't take movies that seriously.
TV: I pretty much like all the shows that all the critics like
(Louie, The Wire, Mad Men, Parks & Rec). Underrated shows: The
Good Wife, You're the Worst, Sifl & Olly. NFL football on
Sundays in the fall.
Food: Pretty much everything....my particular favorites are sushi
and Chipotle and iced tea. But love trying new foods of any origin.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
OK, confining this to physical objects and not abstract concepts or
1.) My iPad
2.) The latest edition of The Almanac of American Politics
3.) The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses (I lied in the "my favorite"
section...this is actually my favorite album)
4.) A guitar
5.) My Caesars Diamond Card
6.) Tea (hot or cold)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Preparing my classes and figuring out what my next research project
will be, I guess.
But seriously, what is the appropriate answer here? Existential
angst? What I am going to have for dinner? When your job is
academic research, all you have is time to think, and most of it is
aimless....so lots of stuff.
I do find I do a lot of my best work (i.e. thinking) on late-night
walks around my neighborhood....they really clear my head.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
I'm a big fan of live concerts and shows of almost any type. Last
four shows I've been to:
- Scottish electronic pop band Chvrches
- Chamber music quintet playing Beethoven & Korngold
- Australian comedian Jim Jeffries
- The Book of Mormon on Broadway
But I've found these opportunities to be a bit too infrequent
around here. Any suggestions?
I also love going out to eat (Easton does have some great
restaurants), and hit the Bethlehem casino for poker occasionally.
Other times, I'll just find myself at home watching TV, enjoying a
beer and maybe a cigar in my sunroom.
I'll go out of town about one weekend a month, either visiting my
family in DC, or my friends spread out around the country at this
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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As much as I wish to avoid associations with Paul Ryan, I'm doing
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