I am a Professor of Political Science in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. I work in the areas of religion and politics, the military, and corruption, with an interest in the impact of institutions and beliefs on behavior, and malfeasance and the abuse of power within institutions. I also have expertise in clergy child sex abuse in the Catholic church and sexual assault in the US military. My research approach is that of mixed methods, combining in various ways qualitative methods with quantitative analyses, and/or with field and lab experiments and focus groups. I am proficient in French and Italian.
I am the author of several books, Confessions of an Interest Group (Princeton 2000), The Best System Money Can Buy: Corruption in the European Union (Cornell 2007), (a Choice Magazine “Outstanding Academic Title”), and Generating Generosity in Catholicism and Islam: Beliefs, Institutions and Public Goods Provision (Cambridge, in production), and a number of articles.I was recently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (2017-2018).
I have been a recipient of major grants from the US National Science Foundation, the Templeton Foundation/Science of Generosity Program, the Henry Luce Foundation, the US Army Research Institute, the US Office of Naval Research, and have been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute and the Susan Louise Dryer National Peace Fellow at the Hoover Institution.