I was born and raised near Boston, MA. I stayed in the area for college, receiving my B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University, before getting my doctorate at Duke. Raised in a family of teachers, I suppose it was only natural that I should find myself pursuing a career in higher education. In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities, especially skiing, hiking, and visiting the ocean. I have also come to appreciate the bi-annual treat of watching the my New England Patriots beat the Jets.