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My self-summary
An Austinite who just moved here to teach. I may first come off as tall, dark, and serious, but when you start a conversation with me, my eyes light up and I quickly turn irrepressibly chatty, cheeky, and probably a little cheesy.

I've moved around often these past five years (Austin, The Hague, DC, Paris, Vienna, Bay Area, DC, Atlanta). I'm ready to slow down, have fun, sink roots, explore.

I love to read, write, walk, hike, talk, listen, eat, swim, play with dogs, drink coffee, shoot pool, and see live music (that certainly runs the gamut doesn't it?). Though sometimes I prefer to stay in and binge on great dramas, provocative documentaries, tenderhearted indie flicks, or curl up with a volume--new, or preferably old.

Ideas, history, storytelling, political equity, legal rights, social justice, global threats, world peace and stumbling upon that light-dappled crossroad between literature and life get me up in the morning. I've always fancied myself brethren to Jason Segel's character in SLC Punk (kudos if you know what I'm talking about). I'm also deadly serious about the evolution of folk and Americana; the right cocktail; beaches, mountains, and valleys; the perfect sentence; coffee and breakfast tacos; and getting far, far away.

And, yes, I really am 6'3"--so, stand up straight.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm an academic at a university who studies the history of nuclear weapons, the mainsprings of international relations, and the world's quest to manage both. I've expanded my interests into the surprisingly promising history of global environmental diplomacy and twin genealogies of human rights and the laws of war. I write periodically for various papers, websites, and journals and have an edited volume in the works about Reagan and the 1980s--spoiler alert, he did not win the Cold War, nor did he lose it, but he did bequeath to us the progressive disorder that is our modern condition.

My dream jobs are presidential speechwriter, Regius Professor of History, or the reincarnation of F. Scott Fitzgerald, alcoholism dependent on the quality of the hooch.
I’m really good at
My strengths are writing, analysis, reasoning, and teaching. I'm a diamond conversationalist. I live to explain things in ways that a tenured professor or an elementary student can grasp and seize upon equally.

I make righteous shrimp tacos, Moscow Mules, and Old Fashioneds, but I'm hopelessly lost in a wine store despite having lived in Paris more than once. And I'm really bad at yoga and that whole life/work balance!
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall and broad-shouldered with a deep voice--I once had an adorable, elderly gay professor of mine tell me that my voice was mellifluous, which is to date the best pickup line I've ever heard.

I've since learned that mellifluous derives from the Latin word for honey.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm going to try and keep this short:

Books: Time's Arrow, Swamplandia!, The Master and Margarita, Darkness at Noon, Atonement, A Confederacy of Dunces, Catch-22, Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Cloud Atlas, The Orphan Master's Son, and a library of non-fiction

Movies: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove, High Fidelity, Deerhunter, Children of Men, Best in Show, Midnight in Paris

TV: Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Girls, Newsroom, Mad Men, Halt & Catch Fire.

Music: Radiohead, Other Lives, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, My Morning Jacket, Father John Misty, Van Morrison, Ray LaMontagne, Rufus Wainwright, Neko Case, Classic Rock, Ryan Adams, Savages, Grizzly Bear, Tame Impala, Aphex Twin Pandora station while I write, and of course much more. I tend to get fixated on one album and listen to it until I can't stand it anymore (e.g. Beck's new offering, "Morning Phase")

Food: BBQ (sorry cows), Mexican, Chinese, and really good fish of any cuisine
Six things I could never do without
My library of books & my kindle
Live music
Lakes, rivers, oceans, and swimming pools
My hiking boots
My family
Sunday morning french press
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Nuclear war! Seriously, that's without a doubt my defining weird (pre)occupation, but also my job. I travel around the world digging up musty old de-classified documents in a bid to patch together how we ended up with the big, crazy, semi-stable world in which we now live.

Also: domestic and international politics; U.S., international, and global history; war and peace; international economics and finance; environmental diplomacy; contemporary non-fiction and fiction; traveling and languages; college football (this should be higher); music (thank you Pitchfork) and especially live music; anything theatrical; and that future house with lots of wood on a river or lake nestled in a skyline of snow-capped peaks, and two big slobbery dogs: one a Labrador retriever and the other a Bernese mountain dog.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either grabbing dinner and drinks somewhere I can talk and listen, or resting up at home in anticipation of a run, hike, bike, whatever, the next day. I started doing Crossfit about a year ago, so now I'm one of those annoying people who talks about their workout and how hard it was. Don't blame me, blame the early onset midlife crisis my generation is currently experiencing.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once won a 5k by inadvertently cutting the course short.
You should message me if
You'd like to chat, grab coffee, dinner, or, best yet, see some music or go for a hike.

You're beautiful inside and out, look great in a dress but better in shorts, a tank top, and hiking boots. You like conversations for conversations' sake and people just the same way.
The two of us