Tell us a little about yourself. What is your professional background and history working on the issues that ICFRC addresses?
I received a BA in Political Science from the University of Oregon, then an MA and PhD from the University of Michigan. I studied international and comparative politics, focusing on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. My doctoral studies included spending the 1983-84 academic year in the Soviet Union. I began teaching at the University of Iowa's Department of Political Science in 1985. Among other administrative positions, I was the UI's associate provost and dean of International Programs from 2003-2008. I have conducted research on and spent time in Russia and other post-Soviet countries as well as other countries.