Adam Hammer graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Wake Forest University with a degree in politics and international affairs. His senior thesis examined the causes of the global financial crisis and its impacts on Western liberalism and U.S. hegemonic influence. His work was chosen as a Z. Smith Reynolds Award winner in 2015.

Prior to seeking his undergraduate degree, Adam spent fifteen years abroad, living in Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Indonesia, China, and Singapore. His international experiences culminated in a 2014 Richter grant to conduct research in Syria and Jordan and ultimately publish a paper analyzing the Syrian civil war and its ramifications for U.S. policy in the Middle East. 

After graduation, Adam worked at Goldman Sachs in their Commodity-Linked Financing Group, where he helped analyze, model, and present commodity-linked financial and physical transactions for corporate and sovereign clients. 

Currently at Yale, Adam is focused on US foreign policy, national security, and private-public relationships.  In addition to his studies he is working for Schmidt Futures, where he is primarily concentrated on international and national security initiatives.