Thomas Michael McQuaid is a Ph. D. candidate in Comparative Politics with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. 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.