Where are you from and what path brought you to SSP?
I retired in December 2016 after nearly 32 years of federal service in the CIA, Office of the DNI, and the Department of State. I LOVE teaching the next generation and am honored to be part of the greatest foreign service school in America.
What are you working on right now?
I teach SEST 715 on Turkey and the Levant. I am also pursuing my own advanced degree and generally take 2-3 graduate courses per semester. When not teaching, I am on two corporate boards and lead various volunteer efforts to prevent hypothermia and homelessness in Fairfax County.
What is your favorite thing about SSP?
I love the STUDENTS. They energize and inspire me every week!
If you could tell your grad school self one thing, what would it be?
Study Russia and Empire Statecraft from 1774 through WWII. Understanding the past is vital to understanding today.
What is your favorite thing to do in DC?
The Portrait Gallery and Nats Stadium are my two favorite spots.
What would your advice be to SSP students be hoping to start a career in your field?
Come talk to me.