By every objective measure, I should have been a conservative.
Both my parents were Republicans, and I grew up in ruby red Dade County in the far northwest corner of Georgia. I even spent my formative years amongst the cows on a farm in a town with only a few thousand people.
And for a while, I wore the conservative label as a badge of honor. I helped campaign for John McCain in 2008 and even Nathan Deal (who had been my Congressman) in 2010.
But in high school, I (along with so many of my classmates) grew increasingly disaffected with the Republican Party’s rigid conservatism on social issues, which prompted an identity crisis that eventually led to a fundamental overhaul in the way I thought about political issues.
Today, my brand of politics is one of pragmatic progressivism—meaning I’m far more interested in concrete policies than abstract ideas, and I have a low tolerance for showboating on both sides of the aisle.
Though my heart is always in Georgia, I’m currently studying in Connecticut at Yale University, where I am a junior double majoring in Economics and Political Science. I’ll graduate in May 2016, at which point I’ll probably need a real job. So if you’re hiring, I wouldn’t ignore an email with an offer.
In the past, I’ve had short stints doing communications work at both Georgia Equality and Better Georgia, and I spent six weeks this past summer studying environmental and public economics at the London School of Economics.
Outside of Peach Pundit, I also exercise my First Amendment rights by writing a biweekly column for the Yale Daily News, in which I aim to be a regular thorn in the side of a university slow to change.
A Southern boy at heart, I’ll soon be back to Georgia full-time when I get this degree, if only to return to my grandmother’s fried chicken and sweet tea.