I am currently a political science Ph.D. student at the University of California, Davis. My interests are in political theory and philosophy, jurisprudence, and constitutional law. Before coming to UC Davis, I practiced in Washington, DC, at Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, a national law firm. Raised in Southeastern Idaho by two school-teacher parents, I learned firsthand the value of education. Now, with the help of my lovely wife, Emily, I am spending the next few years building on a rich scholarly foundation.



University of California, Davis; Davis, CA
Ph.D., political science | Matriculated 2015
Fields: political theory, analytic philosophy, American politics

The George Washington University Law School; Washington, DC
J.D., law | May 2012
Editor-in-Chief, The George Washington International Law Review, 2011-2012

Brigham Young University–Idaho; Rexburg, ID
B.A., English and philosophy | April 2008

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  • Many of our most serious conflicts are conflicts within ourselves. Those who suppose their judgements are always consistent are unreflective or dogmatic.

    - John Rawls -

  • It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.

    - Jean-Jacques Rousseau -

  • How then is perfection to be sought? Wherein lies our hope? In education, and in nothing else.

    - Immanuel Kant -


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