Measurement and Assumptions - Reflections on Osipian and his Nazarbayev Obsession

Note: This content was updated on 4/30/2021 to correct some typographical and grammatical errors in the original post. I have a Google alert set for Nazarbayev University. I set it when I got hired, and I have kept it even though I left NU last July to accept a tenure track position at Stephen F.

Education and Choices

The talk about forgiving student loan debt has got me thinking about the choices that I have made in my own educational journey. I have done a lot of school - I hold a terminal degree (PhD) in political science.

Remembering ISA2017 - Baltimore

Four years ago I traveled to ISA 2017 in Baltimore. Flying in from Kazakhstan through Germany meant that the best and cheapest way to fly was into Washington, DC. I ordered a Super Shuttle bus from Washington (IAD) to my hotel in Baltimore.

Purity Tests and Military Service

I follow a lot of political scientists who study civil-military relations. That isn’t an area that I do a lot of active research in - but it is an area that I teach and one that I have a lot of personal interest in.

Missing ISA Midwest

For the first time since 2009 when I was a second year graduate student at the University of Iowa, I am not attending the International Studies Association (ISA) Midwest meeting in Saint Louis.

Settling In

I have been here in Nacogdoches at Stephen F. Austin State University for the past two months. I finally feel like I am settling in. It has been a long journey to get here - literally and figuratively - into a tenure track job in the US.

Civil-Military Relations and Police Violence

The escalation of violence in the aftermath of protests against police brutality has stirred up some feelings in me. I am on the other side of the world, in Kazakhstan, watching the US burn.

Casual Academic Corruption

I am the father of four daughters (current ages 12, 12, 13, 15) and my wife is Russian. We currently live in Kazakhstan and have lived here for the past 6 years.

Taking Control of my Blogging and my Website

This is my inagaural post on my new website. I have set up a website using Rstudio and the ‘Blogdown’ package with the Hugo-Academic theme. I have had a website for 12 years, but always one that was a “point and click” model.