About (Something of myself)

Hello. Thanks for checking this out. A bit about myself:

Over the last several years, I have worked as a journalist, organizer and teacher.

I have been published in online magazines based in the US and UK, and newspapers in Virginia and Iowa. I have a BA in government from the College of William and Mary, where I specialized in international development; I did my internship at the Department of Homeland Security, in the Office of Policy.

I grew up near the part of Southern California that Joan Didion so ably describes in the opening to “Slouching Towards Bethlehem”, the part where conservatism and religion are more common than books. I am, nonetheless, neither religious nor conservative, as the essays (undoubtedly) reveal. I have worked professionally and lived in California, Iowa, Louisiana, Virginia and DC.

In June-July of 2016, I was in South Sudan as a witness to a diaspora-led peace initiative (“Western Lakes Peace Conference”, which received USAID funding through various subsidiaries).

I also run the “Confessions of a Caffeine Addict” blog. Check it out by clicking on the title; it is more political and philosophical than the title suggests.

– Daniel Thomas Mollenkamp

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