Adam Hammer graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Wake Forest University with a degree in politics and international affairs. His undergraduate studies focused in two areas: U.S. foreign policy and political economy. His senior thesis examined the causes of the global financial crisis and its impacts on Western liberalism and U.S. hegemonic influence. His thesis was chosen as a Z. Smith Reynolds Thesis Award winner. Adam’s focus in international politics culminated in a Richter grant to conduct research in Jordan and ultimately publish a paper analyzing the conflict in Syria and its ramifications for U.S. policy in the Middle East. While at Wake Forest, Adam served as president of the Wake Forest Student Government, CEO of the Wake Forest Student Investment Fund, and as a president’s aide to Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch. As president of Student Government, Adam helped create the Wake Forest Student Innovation Fund and worked with community leaders to establish the Campus Policing Commission. After graduation, Adam spent two years at Goldman Sachs as an analyst in their Commodities Structuring group, where he helped analyze, model, and present commodity-linked financial and physical transactions for corporate clients. At Yale, Adam will focus his graduate studies on U.S. foreign policy, international economics, and U.S. grand strategy.