BA International Political Economy & Diplomacy, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (2007) Summa Cum Laude
MA Conflict and Security, International Affairs. The New School, New York City (2009)
MA Political Science, University of Kentucky (2013)
Ph.D. Political Science: International Relations and Comparative Politics (2015)
Political Science: International Relations and Comparative Politics
Instructor, US China Education and Cultural Exchange Center, May 2006-May 2007
Fujian Province, China and Bridgeport, CT. English Teacher
- Taught English to Chinese primary aged children in the village community of Songxi and small city of Nanping in Southeastern China. Trip coordinator for future participants.
Anti-Money Laundering Analyst UBS Investment Bank, Stamford, CT, 2008
- Fully investigate new and existing clients’ background, ensure their compliance with the U.S. Patriot Act and global anti-money laundering policies, and analyze whether a client poses a low, medium or high risk to UBS.
Instructor, University of Kentucky, 2009-2013.
- Courses Taught: Comparative Politics World Politics, Politics of South Asia, Terrorism and Political Violence, Culture and Politics of the Third World
Visiting Professor, University of Kentucky, 2013-2014
- Courses Taught: Comparative Politics World Politics, Politics of South Asia, Terrorism and Political Violence
Visiting Professor, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY 2014-Present
- Courses Taught: Research Methods, Politics of Violence, Politics of South Asia, Introduction to Politics, Junior Seminar, Terrorism in the Islamic World
- Clinical Aromatherapist Certificate: In progress Approximately 200 hours (of 400 hours) of a clinical aromatherapy certification complete from The Aromatherapy Institute. Focus on essential oil safety for young children, pregnant women
- Founding Member: American Essential Oil Trade Association
- Founder, Just the Essentials, llc: Essential oil blends company based in Lexington Ky. All blends are pre-diluted mixtures of, safe, ready-to-use essential oils and carrier oils. The FB group for the company has over 1,000 members and is active in educating the safe use of essential oils and is extremely active in the Lexington, Ky community. Over 3,000 sales in 6 months.
- Essential Oil Educator, Baby Moon: Lead bi-monthly educational classes introducing essential oils and how to use them safely. Focus on safe use of essential oils for pregnant and nursing women and young children.
- Essential Oil Educator, Vibrant Life: Lead educational classes introducing essential oils and how to use them safely.
Outstanding Teaching Assistant. University of Kentucky Department of Arts and Sciences (spring 2013)
Malcolm Jewell Award for Outstanding Graduate Student. Department of Political Science, University of Kentucky (spring 2013)
International Affairs Chair Scholarship. The New School (August 2007-May 2008)
President’s Award for Outstanding Community Involvement. University of Bridgeport (2006/2007)
William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship for Middle East Studies. (2006)
George C. Brown and Carol M. Wright Alumni Scholarship for Young Mid-East Scholars. University of Bridgeport (2006)
Department of Political Science Social Events Coordinator (2010-2011)
Department of Political Science Vice-President of Graduate Student Committee (2011-2012)
President/Head Delegate of Award winning Model United Nations team, University of Bridgeport (2005-2007)
Tutor for Hopi Children at American Indian Reservation in Arizona (2007)
Textbook Reviewer. 2012. Oxford University Press.
Languages: Advanced Spanish, conversational Mandarin. Basic Hindi and Gujarati.