Where are you from?
I grew up in America, right outside of Washington D.C. I joined the US Navy after graduating with my Bachelor's and was privileged to live in interesting places like Japan, Guam, and Saudi Arabia before I ended up here in Singapore.
What sparked your interest in public policy?
Growing up outside my Nation's capital, I've been interested in politics as long as I can remember. Doing my undergraduate degree in International Studies and my time in the military only made me even more passionate about the subject.
Why did you choose to pursue a PhD at LKYSPP?
Asia is rapidly becoming the center of world events, and Singapore is in the center of Asia in terms of both geography and culture, so studying here gives me a perfect perch from which to observe and study how the world is changing.
What do you enjoy the most about your studies or research work at LKYSPP?
I have great classes with very experienced faculty and I get to have daily conversations with other students from around the world. But honestly, the first thing I miss when I leave Singapore is the food, especially chicken rice!
What are your career goals?
I want to become a bridge between Asia and my own country. Things are changing so fast in the modern world that it's becoming increasingly hard for both regions to understand each other, and I feel that anything I can do to promote more understanding has the potential to go a long ways.