Intellectual Professional Biography/Personal Statement – Final Revised Version Adam Ramadan – CCTP 505 Section 4 Hello Everyone! My interests lie primarily in the broad field of political science, and at CCT I hope to leverage my background in political science by analyzing the intersection of technology and political communications. With an academic background that covers international law, fragile government infrastructures and diplomacy, I believe CCT will best provide me with the ability to approach political science (including some of the subsections recently mentioned here) through a lens that looks not just at the policy (or the method in which a political system arrives at said policy), but also the effectiveness of the policy based on the method of communication. From a marketing communications perspective we often hear about the dilemma of “if a tree falls in a forest but no one is there to hear or see it fall, did it really fall?” I hope to get past the question of whether the tree fell or not and to the question of how many people saw/heard the tree fall because it was live-tweeted, broadcast live on Youtube, or because facebook asked anyone within 20 miles of the tree to report back and let others know they’re ok, and which of those technological and communicative tools was the most (and least) effective in communicating out the event at hand. I am a native New Yorker who arrived in Washington DC in the Fall of 2010 to begin my undergraduate career in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Through an International Politics major with a concentration in Foreign Policy and processes, I started to approach this far-reaching concept of “politics” in every way imaginable. From the intimate dynamic between two people who share a 150 sq. ft space together as roommates to different governmental political systems from my time studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for 5 months, different elements of politics appear everywhere. What my undergraduate career didn’t dig into too deeply, though, was the different methods of communication each of those political situations present their policies and positions with, and how new and rapidly evolving technology impacts that means of communication – this is what I hope to walk away from CCT with.