I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, specializing in International Political Economy (IPE). From 2015 to 2017 I served as the lead editorial assistant for International Interactions.
My professional origins began with my service in the US Marine Corps from 2005 to 2012, with one tour of duty in Iraq in 2008. This was an amazing time for me. I learned the real meaning of brotherhood, and in an effort to be a better informed serviceman I began learning the Arabic language and about Islamic culture. At Arizona State, where I received my Bachelors Degree, I earned certificates of study in Arabic, Islamic and International studies. It was during this time that my life ambitions crystallized and I knew I wanted to pursue graduate studies in International Relations. While my current research has taken me beyond this focus on Middle-Eastern and Islamic issues, these original passions of mine persist to this day.
So how did I end up studying IPE? Essentially, the US financial crisis and Ron Paul pushed me over the edge. I became fascinated by the criticisms of the Federal Reserves' crisis policies (of which Ron Paul was the standard bearer). For one, did the Fed contribute to the housing bubble? Were the Fed's monetary policy innovations making the crisis worse? I was surprised by how many personal friends seemed to embrace Paul's anti-Fed rhetoric (and embrace of the gold standard). So, the game was on. And I was hooked.
Aside from academic pursuits, I love astronomy and vow to someday own a telescope sufficient to observe the spiral arms of Andromeda. I love sports (and am a devout Green Bay Packers fan), and enjoy most athletic activities (I am a ToughMudder). I have a wonderful family, a wife with 3 amazing** kids.
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