The author was educated at Amherst College and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines and has traveled rather extensively. Currently he is employed with the State of Minnesota where he served in risk management before moving into child support enforcement. Other than writing and thinking about political and social ideas, his interests include canoeing, cross country skiing, bicycling, camping, traveling, cultural activities, and reading. Some of his spare time is spent at a cabin he built outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota. By choice he has no children and resides in Stillwater, MN with his non-spousal soul mate and two cats.