Who Am I?
I'm originally from North Idaho, and I graduated high school early to join the U.S. Army. I spent a year training in Arizona and was then stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. I was deployed to Afghanistan twice and completed my enlistment in 2010. I immediately started college under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and as a first-generation college student. I transferred many times, studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and completed my undergraduate degree at Portland State University. I'm currently a PhD student at Boston College. I'm also a contributing analyst at Wikistrat, an online consulting firm, and graduate fellow at the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy.
Professional and Research
My research is in the fields of Comparative Politics, International Relations, and U.S. Foreign Policy. Within these fields I study the state, state failure, statebuilding operations, terrorism, civil-military relations, and foreign-imposed regime change. Essentially, I study why the humans insist on killing each other.