I am a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Rice University and a graduate fellow for the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.

In 2016, I received a bachelor of music degree in clarinet performance from Union College, a small liberal arts college in Lincoln, Nebraska. During my time there, I founded and conducted the Recreare Ensemble, whose highlights included a performance of Beethoven’s First Symphony and a staging of Mozart’s Impresario. I also conducted the college’s choral, orchestral, and symphonic band ensembles in several performances.

In the year between college and graduate school, I conducted a string orchestra of homeschoolers and taught clarinet and beginning piano in the Lincoln area. In addition to their musical development, my students may have also grown a bit sarcastic along the way (we’re all the better for it).

In my not-so-free time, I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, and thinking about religion and spirituality. These interests have resulted in a few podcasting projects of my own, which you can find below:

For Laypeople, By Laypeople   (introductory blog post)

Mexico Centered (for the Center for the U.S. and Mexico at the Baker Institute)

Independientemente (in Spanish)

Of lovers and fools

Go ahead and listen if one piques your interest.

In any case, thanks for visiting!