In 1997 I went to Ohio University in Athens, OH. There I studied in the philosophy department. I also studied literature, Spanish, French and poetry.
Later I went to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. There I was the only student in the Department of Politics hailing from the US. All of my classmates were from all around Europe and Asia. I spent time in the Meadows and lived in Marchmont. It was magical.
Then I went to Northwestern University Department of Political Science. I was there from 2002 until 2010. I studied French in Montpellier, and spent two years in Paris largely at the Bibliotheque Nacionale Francaise or the Ecole des Hautes Etudes de Sciences-Politiques.
At Northwestern, I was the teaching assistant for Law in the Political Arena, and the History of Political Thought.
I was able to take courses on German Literature, International Relations, and the History of Political Thought.
At Ohio U, my undergraduate thesis was about three competing feminist philosophical views of women’s oppression and empowerment; at the University of Edinburgh I focued on Hannah Arendt’s reading of Kant’s Critique of Judgment and the role of Judgment in Politics.
Finally, at Northwestern University I was interested in Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan of 1651 and how it adapted themes of Mimesis from Plato, Aristotle, Cicero’s rhetoric, and early modern theatre in its account of modern sovereignty. Mimesis in Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan is an account of how these ancient themes lived on in the seminal account of the modern state.
In each of these experiences, the focus was on the close reading of texts. This has served me in my work life as a realtor because I understand how important it is to consider each phrase in a contract.
It is in my studies that my appreciation for language began, and I have a passion for translating the real estate transaction into Spanish and French.