Thomas Michael McQuaid received his Ph. D. in Comparative Politics with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa from the University of New Orleans. He also focuses on American Behavioral Politics. His research interests include African dictatorship survival and how religious leaders may aid in prolonging the viability of a dictatorship, voting behavior in Africa and how language of instruction in African schools affects civic engagement. Prior to studying Political Science, he earned a J.D. in International law. Due to this legal background, he enjoys teaching topics in American Politics.