Greg commenced his doctoral studies at ANU in December 2013. His research interests include democratic state building, norm localisation and West African politics from a constructivist perspective. His doctoral research explores the phenomenon of incomplete democratisation in many so-called fragile states around the world, and seeks to generate new ideas for bridging the gap between theory and practice in Western approaches to security sector reform and state building. Prior to his study at ANU, Greg taught full-time for three years at the University of Tampa in the United States, and UNITEC in New Zealand.
In addition to his academic experience, Greg worked for the US Department of Defense for nearly ten years as a liaison to the United States Congress and also as an intelligence officer. He has worked directly with every branch of the US Armed Forces, including service inside the Pentagon, and as Deputy Chief of Policy and Liaison on the Joint Staff of the National Guard Bureau. He also has considerable political experience as a former candidate for the US House of Representatives in Florida’s 9th Congressional District and as an elected Councilman for the City of Oldsmar in Florida.
Greg has a Master of Science degree in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University and is a rural native of Missouri.