Michael Zachary Lopate is a doctoral student focusing on International Relations. His research interests include IR Theory, Grand Strategy, Prestige Politics, and the intersection of technology and IR. After spending several years as a consultant in the private sector, he earned his B.A. from San Francisco State University, and an M.A. with Honors from the University of Chicago's Committee on International Relations where he was awarded the Rebecca A. Boylan and Thomas W. Sidlik Fellowship.