Coty spent half of his childhood in Columbus, the state capital of Ohio, and the other half in a small rural town in Appalachian Ohio. At 18, Coty returned to Columbus where he completed a bachelor’s degree in International Studies: International Relations and Diplomacy with a minor in Italian Studies at The Ohio State University. Coty is now finishing his Master’s in International Studies at East Carolina University with a concentration in Security Studies. During his two years at ECU, Coty has worked as a graduate assistant to the study abroad program, a graduate research assistant for Dr. Jeff Popke, Dr. Luci Fernandes, and Dr. Sylvie Henning, and a graduate teaching assistant for Dr. Fernandes and Dr. Henning, occasionally teaching classes in the Global Understanding Program. Currently Coty is working on research with Dr. Fernandes and Dr. Henning as well as creating a MAIS program magazine and updating the MAIS program website. He also serves as the Vice-President for the GSAIS organization. During summer 2012, Coty completed both his field experience and language requirement for the MAIS program in Bologna, Italy and traveled on the weekends to Venice, Parma, Ferrara, Ravenna, Dozza, Florence, and Rome, Italy as well as Vatican City. His research interests include transnational organized crime, post-conflict Northern Ireland, and Islamist fundamentalist terrorism in Africa. Coty is leaning toward a career in academia as he has recently been accepted to West Virginia University’s doctoral program in Political Science with a focus on International Relations. He also is interested in working for government agencies or non-profit institutions after completing his PhD. In his free time Coty enjoys reading presidential biographies and European (specifically Roman) history, traveling, and attending Ohio State football and basketball games (Go Bucks!).