"When I was first made aware of this program as a junior, it seemed like a terrific way for me to gain valuable experience doing both academic research and academic writing in a setting where I would have someone with more experience monitoring my progress and providing thoughtful incite along the way. Before completing this process, I hope to have a better understand of what it means to do sound academic research, and be better prepared for my graduate school education wherever that may be after I finish both of my bachelors degrees this coming May."
Political Science, Economics
Security Policy Political Economy International Trade Comparative Politics Game Theory International Relations.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Dean's List (2010-2011)
- Florida Bright Futures (2008-2011)
- United States Bowling Congress Collegiate Academic All-American (2010-2011)
- Rotary Scholar (2008-2011)
- CATO Seminar
- UF Bowling Program
- Florida Blue Key
- Phi Kappa Alpha
- Pi Sigma Alpha
- UF Campus Crusade for Christ
I have coached for local youth bowling leagues here in Gainesville for 2 years while in college, and I have also spent time as the assistant coach to my high school's debate program in West Palm Beach.
Hobbies and Interests
- Bowling, Gator athletics, and movies.
U.S. Sanctions Policy: The Reasons Behind The Use of a Failing Foreign Policy
Economic Sanctions have been a key type of foreign policy for nations dating back centuries. However, most of the scholarly work on the subject come to, at the very least, the agreement that economic sanctions do not historically boast a very good success rate. This paper examines the increase in usage of Economic Sanctions since 1990, and goes on to propose an alternative explanation of why the United States uses economic sanctions specifically. This information is gathered from updating and adding to an already existing catalog of economic sanctions dating from 1914 to the year 2000 originally shown in the book, Economic Sanctions Reconsidered. While scholar have historically considered sanctions as a tool towards maintaining (or bettering) a nation's physical security, this paper argues that economic sanctions are currently employed by the United States as an ontological security tool instead, and after examining economic sanctions through this lens, we may find that there are indeed some signs of success that previous works have missed. However, this use of economic sanctions has simultaneously had provided the United State with much negative attention in other nations around the world, and in many cases has damaged its relations with ally nations as well as its image within the international community. Only after examining the costs and benefits of this unique use of economic sanctions over last two decades, can we begin to formulate an opinion of how the United States should proceed. Are economic sanctions a hindrance with a terribly low success rate? Or is there some other reason for their enactment that previous scholars have overlooked, that justifies their usage?