Ryan is a foreign policy wonk and political junkie. He is a sophomore at American University in the School of International Service and is majoring in International Studies with a minor in Russian and a certificate in Community-Based Research. He is a researcher in the Olson Scholars Program, where he is responsible for researching social services and forms of governance provided by insurgent movements in Russia and Eurasia. He also conducts research as a part of the Community-Based Research Scholars Program in the School of Public Affairs. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys playing board games (especially Chess and Settlers of Catan), learning computer code, and watching Game of Thrones, The West Wing, and whatever is new on Netflix.
Aside from being a student, Ryan is also a Logistics Manager at the Kennedy Political Union, the branch of student government responsible for planning events and speakers on campus, where he is responsible for Congressional outreach. Ryan is also the Vice President of Programming for his residence hall and the Vice President of American University Toastmasters. He also coaches high school speech and debate through 3P Speech LLC, and is particularly fond of Congressional and Public Forum Debate, which he did in high school.
Ryan is also an intern at the AU Center for Israel Studies, where he helps plan and run events related to Israel and the DC Jewish community. This spring, Ryan is co-leading an Alternative Break trip to Honduras, which will focus on local youth empowerment and urban development programs in Latin America. He has a limited conversational ability in Spanish and is beginning Russian this semester.