I am at my best when I am presented with a challenge and then set free. I love exploring and creating. Libertarian political theory and activism is very important to me and I always knew that I would be a Political Science major; however, my English major allows me to apply my libertarian ideals creatively. In English classes I have been able to write political blogs, write poetry with political themes (the book of poetry, Weapon, which I wrote in Eng 303: Advanced Poetry Writing is dedicated in part to Ayn Rand), produce a website for my political writing, and draw politically inspired comics. Between these two majors I have been able to produce work of which I am genuinely proud, and which is much more 'me' than a collection of papers (no matter how much I enjoy reading and writing about Nietzsche and Tocqueville). Eventually I hope to work in journalism.
The past two summers I have worked in the Press department at FreedomWorks where I was also encouraged to think outside the white-paper-box that too often defines policy work in DC. At FreedomWorks I blogged, analyzed policy (mostly about justice reform and regulation), put together media clips, drew comics, made graphics on Photoshop, helped run policy-focused social media campaigns, and went to briefings and hearings on the Hill. This work helped me define what I am most interested in: using my liberal arts skills to help people and promote individual liberty. I have also written for the Libertarian Republic. You can find all of my political writing on my political blog.
On this site you can read samples of my academic and creative writing, look through my art portfolio, and learn more about my professional self: