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I grew up outside St. Louis, Mo., and worked for several years as a reporter before deciding to pursue a Ph.D. in International Relations. My interest in Latin American politics grew from my family's involvement with the Washington Overseas Mission, a group of doctors and dentists who volunteer to provide care in Honduras. From there, I developed a keen interest in the history and politics of the region, and its relationship with the United States. As a doctoral candidate, my research has taken me to Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Panama.
I chose SIS based on the strength of the faculty working on U.S.-Latin American relations, as well as its location in Washington, D.C. I have benefitted enormously from relationships with faculty members in the school and across campus. The school values a wide variety of disciplinary and methodological approaches, which is important to me because my own work in International Relations draws on elements of diplomatic history. I have been consistently impressed by my fellow doctoral students, who leverage many approaches, from statistical analysis to discourse analysis, to answer diverse questions, all of them important and interesting.
M.A., U.S. foreign policy, School of International Service, AU (May 2013)
Bachelor of Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia (May 2005)
Adjunct Instructor, American University Community of Scholars
Faculty Director, SIS Pre-College Programs, American University
Convincing the Colossus: Latin American Leaders Face the United States
Robert A. Pastor (chair)
Max Paul Friedman