Ian grew up in Northern Alabama and completed his bachelor’s degree in German and biology here at UA. He enjoyed the team spirit of the German program and decided to pursue and complete a German MA. He spent a year in Germany on an Exchange through the Federation of German-American Clubs in Karlsruhe. His research interests include Historical Linguistics as well as 19th and 20th century literature. In his free time Ian enjoys playing guitar, cooking, and slam poetry.