I am a native of Chicagoland, where I lived the first 18 years of my life and to which I have recently returned.  I left to go to Boston for school, then Spain to teach, and then DC to work.

I want to see and understand everything.  I studied international relations and political science and loved every second of it.  This site is a vehicle to explore my ideas.

My research interests include (but will never be limited to) Latin American and Chinese political economy, foreign policy, international relations, and regional organizations; political and economic problems unique to rural areas; the role of socia media in the democratic process; big and open data analysis; alternative diplomacy and the role of diplomacy in policy; and social enterprises and philanthropic business.

Note: main site picture is of a tree in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland