Government & Politics
Having earned a perfect 5 on my AP US Government test in high school, I have since studied many aspects of Government and Politics at Oxford, at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and within my International Relations major at the College of William and Mary. Professionally, I have worked on a US presidential campaign get out the vote operation in the most fiercely contested battle-ground state and have interned legislatively with five members of Parliament in the “Mother of Parliaments” at the British Palace of Westminster.
I have completed coursework in Comparative Religions, have read religious texts, and/or have visited religious places of worship within the various denominations and sects of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, Greek and Roman Mythology (and proto-Greek Indo-European beliefs), Egyptian Mythology, Native American beliefs, Jainism, and Shintoism. I have also studied religion within the context of World History classes, honors World Literature classes, Non-Western Humanities (including the significance of religious artwork), World Philosophy classes (e.g. St. Anselm, Augustine), Chinese and Japanese Politics (e.g. Shinto, Daoism, Confucianism, and US History (e.g. Jonathan Edwards, Great Awakenings, Puritanism, Transcendentalism, Mormonism, Deism). I am somewhat familiar with Christian apologetics (e.g. C.S. Lewis, Lee Strobel) and critical traditions (e.g. Bertrand Russell and Richard Dawkins). Of possible interest, I once saw Pope John Paul II during a Latin mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, have toured the cathedrals of Europe and of England, attended the same Oxford college as William Tyndale (who wrote the precursor to the King James Bible), and have inquired about the beliefs of and have joined debates between devotees of different religious traditions found most vociferously at Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park, London. I have friends of many religious traditions who have informed my understanding of their beliefs. Religious beliefs are at the heart of the values and cultures of many of the world’s 6.8 billion people, and without value or judgment I can help you make sense of many of the religious traditions of the world.
My BA in Economics and in International Relations provides a solid grounding throughout the social sciences, including extensive coursework in psychology, history, politics, and other social science fields. I have conducted and helped students conduct dozens of social science research projects through the graduate level, have prepared for college and AP tests in social sciences, and would be happy to help you too.