About Me

My first day in Columbus, July 28th, 2014.

My first day in Columbus, July 28th, 2014.


Data Scientist, 

Visiting Scholar, 
Department of Political Science,
The Ohio State University

I was born and raised deep in the Ozarks in Springfield, Missouri.  As a high school student at Parkview High School I took a liking to debate, wherein I found my love of interstate politics, science, and statistics.  

Upon graduation in 2010, I moved to Carbondale, Illinois to attend Southern Illinois University.  While there my love for International Relations consolidated and I became interested in network analysis and data science while working as Scott Comparato and Shane Gleason's research assistant collecting the state supreme court citation network.  

In 2014 I graduated summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University with an honors degree in Political Science.  I then started my doctoral program at The Ohio State University's Department of Political Science where I have specialized in Quantitative Methodology and International Relations.  As time progressed, my interests diversified to how we can use machine learning to improve our understanding of a variety of phenomena, including substance use disorder treatment, alliance politics, interstate conflict, and the death penalty.

At OSU I have had the pleasure of working with Jan Box-Steffensmeier, Skyler Cranmer, Bear Braumoeller, and Christopher Gelpi.  I completed my Ph.D. in 2019 and have since been appointed as a Visiting Scholar.

In June 2019, I started as a Data Scientist at CoverMyMeds, using the tools of computational statistics and machine learning to ensure patients get the medicine they need to live healthy lives. While my work at CoverMyMeds is my chief priority, I retain a series of open extra-curricular research projects that interest me.

Outside of my data science work, I host an ever evolving set of hobbies, including home brewing, mead making, bread baking, fantasy football, cooking, and traveling with my partner. 

I also continuously pursue the perfection of relatively simplistic things, such as roasted chicken, margaritas, and quiche.