New Book in Brief

February 15, 2018

Wendy Wong and I have had a few chances to talk about our recent book.  If you want the take-away in brief, check out the video here or podcasts here and here.  Thanks to Duck of Minerva, Cornell UP, and the New Books Network!




In the Blogosphere

August 22, 2016

The internet is fun!  Some thoughts of mine around the blogosphere –


On teaching about philanthropy and students as grantmakers (with Steve Viner)

On refugee politics in early 2017

One on the World Social Forum (WSF) meeting in Montreal from 2016 (with Jamie McCallum)

A couple of posts (here and here) on getting a job at a liberal arts college (with Amy Yuen)

One on sustainable development goals (SDGs) from 2015 (with Charlie MacCormack)

one on human rights NGOs from 2015

one on Oxfam and SodaStream from 2014

Media Training for Undergraduates

September 8, 2014

In a class that I am co-teaching with an excellent practitioner (here), we are asking our students to create a two-minute “explainer” video that highlights a few key points from the reading and raises a couple of questions for discussion.

In fairness to my students, I elected to subject myself to the same exercise, based on media training I received at a recent workshop from the amazing Brent Durbin.

We did a before and after video.  You can see the after video here.



I look forward to reporting on how this worked in the classroom.  For more on the “explainer” –

“The Explainer” as a journalistic form –


Examples of “explainer” videos (most of these have many more graphics than we will have)

Bridging the Scholar-Practitioner Gap

April 30, 2014

I was excited to participate in the June 2014 of the International Policy Summer Institute at American University.  The program, run by the Bridging the Gap initiative, is discussed in a recent post from Dan Drezner about the relevance of academia (try this link here – you might need a free account at

As a first foray, here are some thoughts on bridging the academic-practitioner divide that put together following a workshop on the organizational dynamics of non-state actors.