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 a teacher at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
Professional and Research
Through various internships and jobs, I have worked extensively within the policy making process. I've worked on a U.S. Senate campaign, worked for a lobbying firm, and worked on constituent relations, among many others. I was an intelligence analyst with the Idaho National Guard. I currently study 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.