I received my Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from San Francisco State University where I developed a strong interest in social justice issues. Social Science majors designed their own course of study around a central theme -- mine was justice. My senior thesis compared the treatment of minorities in Northern Ireland and Israel.
I received my Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley where I focused on the politics of the Middle East. My master's thesis examined the relationship between the Saudi royal family and the Wahhabis.
Travel has been an important part of my education. The most rewarding travel experiences I have had combined study and travel, whether studying Irish politics and literature in Dublin, exploring the Gandhian legacy with Gandhi's grandson in India, visiting farm cooperatives in the Basque country, or learning Italian in Italy.
I have also traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (Tunisia and Egypt), Peru, Mexico, Cuba, and Canada.
Golden Gate University, Adjunct Faculty, 1988-89
College of Marin, Adjunct Faculty, 1989-1990
Santa Rosa Junior College, Full-time faculty, 1990-present
I teach Introduction to U.S. Government and International Relations. I'm particularly interested in the U.S. Court system, the politics of food, and political developments in the Middle East and Italy.
I taught in Florence, Italy as part of the Study Abroad program offered at SRJC. I'm happy to discuss this program with students interested in studying abroad.