I grew up in rural Florida, in an area known primarily for horse-breeding and hosting one of North America's largest retirement communities. Upon graduating high school, I attended the University of Florida, where I studied with Les Thiele and received a B.A. in Political Science. There, I met my future wife, Jordanna (a creative writer and copy-editor), and soon after we adopted our two cats, Wednesday Adams and Isabella, who still live with us now in Santiago, Chile.
After graduating in 2011, we all moved west to Seattle, WA, where we fell in love with Mt. Rainier, strong coffee, and Pike's Place Market. A year later, I began my doctoral studies in political theory at the University of Virginia, working with George Klosko and Stephen K. White, and offering classes on environmental political theory.
Through teaching and researching environmental politics, I became involved in central Virginia's well-organized environmental activism scene. This eventually led me to run for office in 2017, in an attempt to oust Virginia's fossil-fuel backed House Minority Leader. Despite a number of significant obstacles, including having no formal staff and being outspent nearly 46:1, our campaign received endorsements from major national organizations, mobilized dozens of volunteers from all over the state and country, made the front page of the Washington Post, and ultimately carried a third of the vote. Although we did not win, my former opponent has since stopped taking fossil-fuel money and, in January 2019, announced his opposition to two, highly controversial fracked-gas pipelines.
On December 1st, 2018 — just a few months after the campaign ended — I successfully defended my dissertation in the Oval Room of the Rotunda.
Shortly after, I formally accepted a tenure-track position at the Catholic University of Chile, where I teach classes on environmental political theory and the history of political thought.
While we're still learning Spanish, Jordanna and I have taken to succulent gardening and ashtanga yoga, and are currently developing a Santiago vegan food blog we hope to launch later in 2019.