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.