I grew in up in New Jersey, where a pizza is a "pie," water is pronounced "warder," diners are open 24/7, and you can get a good bagel at almost any deli. Having relocated to Boston for college, I stuck around for a PhD, and am now research fellow at GW while I finish up my dissertation in political science/internationa l security. The goal is to become a professor - c'mon Ivory Tower! What does the NJ-Boston-DC-grad school experience mean in practice? On the one hand, I can have a halfway intelligent conversation on current events. On the other, that I laugh at myself and enjoy such 'normal' things as exercise and sports, good (though not necessarily high-brow) food, traveling, and bumming around with my friends. I also like to think I have a good sense of humor (think of it as rapid-fire dry absurdism), though my friends tell me otherwise. Since I don't really know what else to say, I'll add some random facts, namely: 1) I went to Bruce Springteen's high school.2) Can do a mean version of "Rapper's Delight" at karaoke. 3) Have driven across the country by myself. Twice.