I have sought to cast a wide experiential net through my education and professional life. I began my education with a Bachelors of Business Administration, and upon graduation I worked in the private sector within this capacity for two years. Although I possess a Masters of Science degree in Media and Communications, I also achieved success within that program in completing multiple graduate-level seminars in Sociology. After achieving this degree, I then made the jump into the field of Political Science and International Relations by beginning a PhD at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. This was followed by my concurrently earning three certificates in the field of global and national security, as well as nuclear threat analysis in order to broaden my background in that regard. I am interested in researching biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons proliferation, domestic and transnational terrorism, tensions over competing maritime claims by different nations, as well as the public policy aspects associated with these topics. My current work has focused largely on intrastate wars, different forms of sanctioning, as well as conflicts related to highly valued natural resources.