Originally from Seattle, WA, I graduated from Whitman College in 2012 with a B.A. in history. Though I have long held an interest in modern U.S. history, a class on the Vietnam War ignited my passion for U.S. foreign relations. This class inspired my honors thesis on the role of Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford in policy formation during the Vietnam War between 1965 and 1968.
I am fascinated by the process of policy formation, and am particularly interested in how the assumptions and motivations of individual policy makers influence foreign relations. With Frank Costigliola as my adviser, I have begun to explore the influence of emotions, personity, and interpersonal relationships on U.S. foreign policy.