Austin is a graduate student in International Relations and Political Methodology. His research interests include the the evolution of military doctrine, American grand strategy, and the study of religion in international politics. Prior to OSU, Austin was a Robert Bosch Fellow in Berlin working at the Federal German Ministry of Defense and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. He has a Master's degree from the Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago and a BA from Calvin College.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he and his wife, Amy, have called the Midwest home for the past ten years.