In August 2012 , I became the Curriculum Integration Advisor in the Study Abroad Office at Kansas State University. Before moving to Kansas, I was an adjunct lecturer at Ohio State University, where I also received my M.A. and Ph.D. in U.S. international history; and attended Indiana University, where I earned my B.A. in history and international studies. I served as an intern in Parliament of Canada in the summer of 2003 and studied Mandarin Chinese at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, in the summer of 2007. Originally from northwest Indiana, I spent much of my childhood in and around Chicago. I now live in Manhattan with my partner, Leigh E. Fine, who became a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership Studies in August 2012 .