I was born in Springfield, Missouri in 1984. In 2002, I attended Drury University and earned a B.A. in History with dual minors in German and Global Studies. After graduation, I interned and subsequently worked for the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. Following this, I pursued a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri with an emphasis in digital libraries.
In late 2008, after graduating from the University of Missouri, I accepted a job as a Research Librarian at the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). Working in government piqued my interest in public information resources, emerging technologies, and public administration. Four years later, I returned to the the University of Missouri to study issues relating to democracy and the common good. In 2017, I defended my doctoral dissertation, which examined bureaucracy, management, and innovation in U.S. state department of transportation websites.
Taking a cue from John Dewey’s characterization of democracy a way of life, my time spent working for (and studying) public sector organizations has led me to believe that social ills can be mitigated by ensuring public sector organizations manage information in ways that citizens can use to better their lives. Improved access to information cannot rectify citizens’ proclivities to bias, but it provides a useful starting point.
On a more personal note, I have one brother and sister who live in Springfield, Missouri. My parents own a small artisan dairy in nearby Fordland, Missouri, while my grandparents own an auto-body repair shop. In my spare time I enjoy running, working out, reading long-form journalism, travel, and watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball games. The Chicago Cubs are absolute trash.