I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Politics and International Relations program at USC. My research focuses on the comparative politics of East Asia, and has been published in the International Journal of Korean Unification Studies and The National Interest.
I was born and raised in Dixon, Illinois and attended Brown University in Providence RI, where I attained BA degrees in both Computer Science and East Asian Studies. After several years of working in the software industry, I returned to my true passion of studying East Asian politics and languages. I obtained my MA in international Relations from Ritsumeikan University and taught computer literacy classes at Kyoto Sangyo University. After seven years of living in Japan I moved to Seoul, South Korea, where I spent three years working as a translator and research associate at the Korean Institute of National Unification (KINU).
One of my lifelong passions is the acquisition of foreign languages. I am fluent in Japanese and Korean, and have recently begun learning Mandarin. I also have an interest in developing interactive teaching methods and mentoring. I have experience teaching courses in research methods, international relations, and global political economy.