I've spent nine years at Duke University, first as the Diplomat in Residence, then as a visiting professor teaching classes on energy security, borders, and North American issues. Before that I served 28 years as a Foreign Service Officer, with postings in West Africa, Europe, Indonesia, Canada and Mexico. My specialty was political reporting, from the human rights situation in East Timor to the separatist movement in Quebec. I also developed expertise on the U.S. land border, which I visited dozens of times from San Diego to northern Maine while posted in Mexico City, Ottawa and Quebec City. Prior to the State Department I worked as a reporter for the Charlotte Observer, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire (now the Congo), and graduated from Cornell University. I've returned to my journalistic roots since coming to Duke, and have published pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.