I grew up on a potato farm in Southeast Idaho near the Teton Mountains. Unfortunately for me, I was a terrible farmer. This led to my misadventures in academia.
Along the way, I spent two years in Thailand as a volunteer. While there I developed a love for the country, the food, and the people. I also gained a keen interest in both the international and domestic political conditions which affect people’s lives. When I returned to Utah State University, I found my way into political science.
I completed a master’s degree at Northern Illinois University, taking advantage of NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies, before moving to Atlanta Georgia to pursue my PhD at Emory University. In 2013 I relocated to Singapore for a position at Singapore Management University.
During my free time I love reading and traveling. Also, any chance I get, I make a pilgrimage home to Idaho.