My name is Luke Phillips. I’m a political writer, policy researcher, budding amateur historian, and freelance editor from Northern Virginia. I graduated from the University of Southern California and am working for the National Park Service’s Office of International Affairs. I also run a weekly DC events newsletter, PolicyThisWeekDC. Welcome to personal website, my home on the web.
My true loves are American intellectual, political, and institutional history and biography, and I have accompanying interests in political economy and economic development, political theory and government, international relations and grand strategy, federalism and administration, and cultural and social history. My primary interests are these subjects as related to the entirety of the American experience, but I also nurse a healthy fascination for the stories of other cultures, nations, and civilizations. Whenever I get the chance, I write about these subjects- sometimes for trade publications, sometimes for community publications, and often for my own blog.
I’ve worn many hats in the research/publishing world- I’ve been a research assistant, an archival intern, a freelance editor and freelance writer, and a blog editor for various publications. Beyond the pointy-headed world of wonks, I’ve been a driver and body man on a U.S. Senate campaign, a live-tweeter at a Presidential Library’s reopening event, a (very amateur) event photographer, a (very amateur) poet, a trail crew foreman at the world’s largest and best Boy Scout high adventure camp, a choirboy and a bad ukulelist, a trombone player in the greatest marching band in the history of the universe, and to my shame, very briefly a candidate for the California state legislature. I’ve been blessed to stuff probably too many fun and interesting experiences into my brief life thus far, and am looking forward to more of them.
This website is my personal and professional interface with the world, from whence I will provide commentary and document some of my adventures in context. Like all good blogs, it’ll be something of a public diary; like all good blogs, it’ll be something more.
Thanks for visiting the site, and feel free to look around. My archive has samples of my work, and my blog contains my running commentary on some of the issues of the day. If you feel the need to contact me for some reason (comments, questions, vicious personal attacks, etc.) the information is here as well.