About Me

I am a graduate student at the American University School of International Service pursuing a Master’s degree in Comparative and Regional Studies, with a focus on national identity and populism.

My interests as an undergraduate History major evolved from the rise of fascism in interwar Europe to the domestic populism that developed in the United States almost concurrently. The demagoguery that then threatened America’s democratic norms is recognizable today throughout Europe, and the future of the post-Soviet states is particularly uncertain.

My purpose is to adapt my background in History to more fully understand the nature of these movements and to gain the tools to recognize, anticipate, and respond to antidemocratic and totalitarian trends abroad.