I'm originally from Belvidere, a small town in northern Illinois. I participated in a dual-credit program at Rock Valley College during my junior and senior years of high school before moving on to the University of Iowa.
My undergraduate major was in mathematics, and I was a Ph.D. student in MSU's Mathematics Department from Fall 2018 to Spring 2019. I applied to the Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (AFRE) program in Fall 2019 after realizing that I could apply my mathematical training to help better understand and solve real-world problems.
When I'm not working on my dissertation, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Kelsey. (She's also a soon-to-be Ph.D. from AFRE! You can find her website here.) I also enjoy working out and cycling, or staying in and reading a book (probably on U.S. history!) with one of our cats on my lap.