I grew up in the mountains of North Georgia and had spent less than ten days of my life in a city before entering my first year at the University of Pennsylvania. I enjoy keeping up with the place I left behind and feel best when I’m connected to each of these worlds.
I graduated from Penn in 2011, receiving a BA in Political Science and Classical Studies. Beyond my interest in political theory and defense institutions, I’ve long been captivated by the events and personalities of the Roman Empire. My senior thesis, a study of Roman counter-revolt practices, bridged these two interests.
After a very brief career in newspapers, I moved to Washington, DC, to work in defense policy. Most recently, I was a Research Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations—the youngest person to receive such an honor in institutional memory.
Beyond work and writing, I’m a big fan of concerts, mountains, and beer. I’m a reformed sedentarian whose mood is almost invariably improved on the other side of a hard workout or run.