Zack Devlin-Foltz grew up in Washington, D.C. playing baseball and occasionally spending summers in the Dominican Republic volunteering and playing more baseball. He graduated with a B.A. in economics and political science from Macalester College in Minnesota. After Macalester, he spent a year studying soccer fans and thugs in Paraguay, Argentina, and Mexico as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, before moving to Cairo to work on his Arabic while researching the relationship between state capacity and Islamism. More recently, Zack spent 4.5 years as an active duty Marine Corps Infantry Officer, serving on islands in the Pacific, on boats in the Middle East, and with a training/advising team in Guatemala. In 2015, he became a Foreign Area Officer for Latin America and will serve in that capacity as a reservist while at Yale. After leaving active duty, he spent several months traveling and learning French, first in Belgium and then in Mali. He is fluent in Spanish, getting pretty good at French, and can sometimes still fake it in Egyptian Arabic. At Yale, he will hone his statistical skills and apply them to questions emerging from the intersection of conflict and economic development.