Paul was born in Evanston, IL and grew up dreaming of being a cowboy. When he was informed the industry wasn’t what it used to be, he decided to change gears and pursue his other love: reading and writing. Paul attended Vassar College where he majored in Political Science and Africana Studies and graduating with honors in 2014. His thesis exploring the role of the gun in the settlement of South Africa and the United States was awarded the Paul Robeson prize. Upon graduating, Paul became a Maguire Fellow, allowing him to continue his interest in South Africa by pursuing a research project in Johannesburg. While in Johannesburg, Paul completed his M.A. in Anthropology with distinction from the University of the Witwatersrand and received the John Blacking prize for his dissertation on the social life of home security technologies. Currently, he is a doctoral student in African and African American Studies at Harvard University with a primary field in Anthropology.
Paul has taught students in the humanities and social sciences at Vassar and at Wits University. While at Vassar, he created and designed a course titled “Mandela: Race, Resistance, and Renaissance in South Africa” for the college’s History department. Paul has helped students craft graduate and law school admissions essays and, while serving as an early childhood teacher’s assistant, tutored elementary school students. His teaching strengths are in sociology, GRE verbal test preparation (in which he received a perfect 170 score), and essay writing, including graduate school admissions essays.
In his free time, Paul enjoys hiking, obsessing over the Green Bay Packers, and searching for the perfect torta.