Phillip is a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) candidate at Georgetown University. Originally from Colorado, he completed his bachelor's at Columbia, worked in the editorial division of a major publishing company in New York for a spell, and taught at universities and colleges in China, Kyrgyzstan, and Sri Lanka via various grant and fellowship programs including US Fulbright. At Georgetown, Phillip focuses on diplomacy, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction. He edits for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and is co-president of the Georgetown Anti-Poverty Society (GAPS), a student-run international development organization. He is an avid photographer, and has collaborated with many NGOs and charities around the world on projects ranging from documenting sex workers in China to portraiture on behalf of an elderly citizen support initiative in Kyrgyzstan. Phillip speaks Mandarin Chinese and (a modest amount of) Tamil.