Hometown: Torrington, CT
Research Interests: Causes of revolutions in the Middle East; technology’s role in revolutionary activity
Donald graduated with honors from the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT in 2014 with a dual B.A. in political science and international relations. In 2012 Donald studied abroad in Amman, Jordan, where he focused on improving his Arabic skills and beginning independent research regarding the use of social media during the “Arab Spring.” After completing his undergraduate degree, Donald moved to Washington, DC where he found work at the strategic communications firm TogoRun. He worked with healthcare nonprofit groups on earned media placement, executive visibility, and membership growth and led the in-house media research team. Donald is excited to transition his focus back to the Middle East, and in the summer of 2017 he attended the Middlebury Arabic Language School in Oakland, CA. Donald plans to concentrate on politics in the MAAS program and hopes to continue studying technology’s effects on revolutionary activity in the Middle East.