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ABOUT ME

I'm a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute and have been blessed to have an unusually varied career, primarily in the public policy arena. My work at Claremont examines nationalism, immigration, technology, and a variety of other subjects.

​Prior to joining Claremont, I served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior under President Trump.

Prior to that, I worked for a decade as a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and served as a policy advisor to a number of state and national political figures, and worked closely with the late former Secretary of State George P. Shultz.

My political writing and commentary has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, National Review, Politico, the Economist, and many other leading newspapers and magazines.  

​Outside of my more political work, have authored or edited several books, primarily in my academic specialty of energy and environmental policy. My academic writing has also appeared in various professional journals.


​I began my career in the technology field and worked as a technology journalist during the earliest days of the Web and as a product manager and business development lead at of one of the first major Internet companies, which grew from an ambitious start-up to a multi-billion dollar public company during my time there.

​In between my career stops, I spent three years traveling to some of the more remote corners of the world  (two years solo in my twenties and then one, many years later with my family.)  I also lived for a year in India, where I subsequently did extensive research and fieldwork. 

I received my B.A. at Yale, got my M.P.A. at Harvard, and did doctoral work at Stanford in energy and environmental policy.

​In my spare time, I enjoy hiking in the Montana mountains, traveling, reading obscure books on a wide variety of subjects, and spending time with my wife and our five children.