My life began in a small rural town in Minnesota called Forada where I grew up with my two sisters, Angie and Amy. In 2000, I graduated from Osakis High School and enlisted in the US Army, which gave me the opportunity to pay my way through college with the Montgomery G.I. Bill. While in college, my National Guard unit was activated and in 2003 and 2004 we deployed to Soto Cano, AB in Honduras where we served as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. After returning from my deployment, I graduated cum laude from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 2005 and went on to begin my doctoral work in Political Science at Washington State University.
While completing my doctoral work, I spent 2010 and 2011 in Nanjing, China and taught for the University of Arizona's School of Government and Public Policy study abroad program. When I returned to the United States and earned my Ph.D. in 2011, I was offered a position at the University of North Dakota, where I met my wife and native Bristol resident Ali Angelone. In 2014, Ali and I were married at St. Alexander's Church by Father David Masello and I began a new teaching position at the University of Rhode Island where I received tenure and currently serve as the Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. Pictured above are our two very energetic boys, Lynden (b. 2016) and Lincoln (b. 2018). I am honored to have gotten elected in 2018 to serve on our town council.
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