Publication Date

Spring 4-8-2015


Video withheld at the author's request. The text of this speech is available for download above and to the right; the event program and video are also available.


I’ve spent most of my adult life studying and teaching politics, but, as the title of this talk suggests, I did not set out to be a political scientist. I’ve actually had a few students approach me after seeing the poster, puzzled and maybe even slightly alarmed: What exactly do I mean by “accidental”? The only way I can explain it is to provide a little bit of my personal background, so maybe that’s where we should start.


Education | Political Science