I am a doctoral student in political science with research interests in religion, ethics, and American foreign policy. I am also an aspiring coffee aficionado, part-time audiophile, and photography hobbyist.


  • International Relations
  • National Security
  • Just War
  • Religion
  • Political Philosophy


  • PhD in Government, in-progress

    University of Texas at Austin

  • MA in Political Science, 2011

    Villanova University

  • BA in Greek and Latin, Political Science, 2007

    The Ohio State University

Recent Publications

More Publications

  • The Irony of Technological War: Reinhold Niebuhr on drone warfare and the just war tradition


  • Blindside–U.S. Foreign Policy

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Close the loops

Last week I presented a best practices workshop on project management for my fellow graduate students. The purpose was to provide younger students in the program with ideas and concepts for managing projects “from idea to publication”. Preparing my presentation for the workshop afforded me the opportunity to reflect on the principles of productivity that I’ve learned over the years. Despite claims to the contrary, both from within and without, the academe is not unlike many other professions: it a profession fundamentally about knowledge work but with functionally infinite demands on otherwise scarce time and attention.

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Hello Hugo

I’ve hosted my webpage on [Squarespace][] since sometime in my second year at UT Austin. After several years on the platform, I have nothing but praise for the folks at [Squarespace][]: their reputation for up-time, customer service, and all around technical bad-assery is well deserved. If you’re looking for a web-hosting/web-design company wherein you can build a beautiful looking site without knowing any HTML, CSS, or anything of that stuff—and I do mean it: without any—then you cannot go wrong with a Squarespace site. But for me, the time has come to say goodbye.

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RHE 306 “Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing”

RHE 306 – Rhetoric & Writing is a course in argumentation that situates rhetoric as an art of civic discourse. It is designed to train students’ abilities analyzing various positions held in public debate and to advocate your own position effectively.

  • Fall 2015
  • Spring 2016