Stuart is originally from Aiken, South Carolina, and graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina with majors in political science and music. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he interned with the Scottish Parliament. He has also spent time in Auxerre, France, as a language assistant with the TAPIF program.
His professional experience includes work in state and legislative politics, polling, fundraising, and marketing research. He is particularly interested in the intersection of security and diplomacy, French politics, the Middle East (particularly North Africa), energy security, and agriculture and food systems.
Stuart speaks French and plans to begin Arabic during the program. After MSFS, Stuart hopes to become a Foreign Service Officer and pursue a career abroad in security and political risk.
"I was looking for a professionally-oriented program that would also allow me the flexibility to tailor my studies as well as the room to pursue other interests, all with an eye towards immediately pursuing a career in international affairs. Additionally, I wanted a program that encourages the development of close bonds with classmates and teachers, and the small size of the MSFS program allows for just that!”