The Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington

About me


I joined the faculty of the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2014. At UNCW, I teach graduate courses on law, policy, and finance in higher education. I also currently serve as the program coordinator of the M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. 


My research examines the political economy and governance of education globally. Most recently, I have focused on management, finance, and administration in U. S. public higher education. 

Areas of expertise: college affordability, public regional universities, administrative spending, academic management fads, college student housing, amenities in higher education, privatization and entrepreneurship in higher education


You can find my research in print or forthcoming in The Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, Policy Futures in EducationInnovative Higher Education, Journal of College and University Student Housing, Journal of Student Financial Aid, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, International Journal of Educational Development, and Compare: A Journal of International and Comparative Education. I often blog on issues in the field, and I have been known to pen an opinion article or two in The Chronicle of Higher Education.


I care deeply about higher education, and I hope to contribute to its improvement through service to my university and dedicated teaching and advising of future professionals. I serve on numerous committees at the department, college, and university level. Service is not a chore, but rather something I enjoy and allows me to utilize my expertise. My approach to teaching is adaptive and applied, with a heavy emphasis on critical thinking and compelling, analytical writing. At the moment, I teach courses on higher education law and policy, college student success, critical issues in higher education, higher education finance, and the academic profession. You can learn more about me as an educator by visiting my Teaching page.


Prior to UNCW, I worked in administrative roles in residence life, international programs, and faculty affairs at the University of Maryland (Always A Terp). One of my greatest professional joys was directing a short-term study abroad program in the Republic of Turkey. I earned my BA in History and Spanish from the University of Richmond and both my MA and PhD in International Education Policy  from the University of Maryland.