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.