I was raised in Boston, Massachusetts, where I lived until I was 8 years old. I moved to North Carolina after that, and I have lived there ever since.
At UNC Chapel Hill, I majored in Political Science and minored in Chemistry and Religious Studies. I enjoyed the natural sciences, and they often provide me inspiration for how I think about politics. I worked for about 2 years at a lab working with a group doing digital imaging of antibody expression in cancerous cells. We also did work on using these staining and imaging techniques to detect DNA damage: here's a publication that arose out of the work we did.
I enjoy kayaking, reading, and fiddling with the guitar in the little bit of free time I have. I also enjoy the time-honored tradition among academics of thinking way too much about way too many things, and talking to people about them when they'll indulge me. You'll usually find me working in coffee shops, book stores, or next to lakes and rivers if I can find one.
The image in the header was generated using Gephi, an open-source network visualization tool. It uses original data I've compiled on inter-resolution citations among UN Security Council resolutions from 1945-2015 (the image only uses data through 2001). The colors represent the number of resolutions a particular resolution cites others (darker = more citations); the size represents the number of times a particular resolution is cited by others (bigger = cited more).