Nicholas is a second-year doctoral student pursuing intercultural communication. Originally from Speedway, Indiana, Nicholas holds his B.S. in Informatics and M.A. in Applied Communication from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). At IUPUI, he was selected as an inaugural member of the Bepko Scholars program and continued on as a Bepko Fellow. He served with the U.S. State Department in The Netherlands as a political and economic counselor, and was inspired by his time abroad to pursue connections of communication theory to international applications and contexts. He has served as a research fellow at this alma mater, and his interests broadly include social construction approaches to communication and meaning-making in digital spaces. He has presented his work at conferences and published in both Russia and Poland. Nicholas teaches both online and face-to-face courses, including public speaking, at UNM.