I am Sam, and I want neither green eggs nor ham.

Born in Oklahoma City in 1985, I witnessed the evolution of a community through tragedy and triumph.  The spirit of that community with an unyielding optimism and rugged individualism leaves a firm imprint on my life.  In Oklahoma I met and married the love of my life.  We moved to Chicago in 2009.

In 2015, I earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Before landing at UIC, I worked in secondary education from 2002 through 2010, filling various roles.  I continue to help secondary students prepare for their undergraduate studies as an attache with the TRiO program at Roosevelt University.  I have taught a wide range of subjects, ranging from economics to local history to comparative politics to ballroom dance.  My work can be found in top tier journals like Urban Studies.  I taught at several colleges in the Chicagoland area before finally graduating from academia and moving into the “real world.”

I currently work with CDW’s nonprofits team, where I help churches, museums, research institutions, and multinational charities navigate technology to best complete their mission.  I continue to serve on multiple boards, and I try to give back to a world that has blessed me with a unique set of experiences.

I maintain this blog as a creative outlet and as an open call for feedback on research projects.  Most ideas are half baked, and I welcome feedback through comments or my contact page.

Outside of work, I maintain an eclectic set of hobbies.  Within one year I studied writing at the Second City Training Center, learned to curl, and competed in (and won) world-class board games tournaments.  Meanwhile, I entertain a wide range of other creative outlets.

I am saved.