Hi, I'm Alex Knepper.
Alex Knepper's Bio:
I'm Alex Knepper. I'm a 24-year-old aspiring public intellectual. From a very young age, I have been in love with politics, philosophy, and pop culture.
I am currently studying at the Graduate Institute at St. John's College - Annapolis, and hold a B.A. in Political Science from American University. I am gay, a pantheist of sorts, and a political Independent (former Republican).
I currently blog off and on for the Huffington Post and Race42016.com. I have also written for the Republican Reason Caucus blog, and have contributed to a number of websites across the political spectrum, including LibertyNews.com, the Norwegian Human Rights Service, and FrumForum.com. I have been featured by a number of national outlets, including the New York Times and NPR. I am very active on Facebook; less so on Twitter. I'm also on LinkedIn.
I promote a new wave of modern conservatism characterized by moderation, in the ancient sense of the term: the prudent balancing of the tensions inherent in any society. Generally speaking, I stand for social tolerance, fiscal prudence, and global American leadership.
Thinkers who have influenced me include Plato, Arthur Schopenhauer, Edmund Burke, Leo Strauss, Camille Paglia, and Robert Kagan.
I lead a pretty relaxed personal life. I love music -- both listening to it and creating it. My favorite genres are pop, symphonic metal, and trance. (Though I should note that I'm the world's biggest Britney Spears fan..!) I have an operatic baritone voice and have performed publicly many times. Most importantly, I am always trying to learn from experience, treat others with kindness, and become more at peace with the world and my place in it.
Alex Knepper's Experience:
Contributor at Race42012.com/Race42016.com2008 - Present
I write about politics and current events with a focus on presidential politics and foreign policy. Attended the 2008 Republican Convention in St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Blogger at Huffington PostJanuary 2013
I contribute on a regular basis to the Huffington Post's blog, writing about politics and culture. Check out my blog contributions at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-knepper/
Exec Board Member at Republican Reason CaucusJanuary 2013
As a board member, I participate in decision-making about the direction of the group, in addition to contributing to the organization's blog. Check out my blog contributions at: http://republicanreason.org/wordpress/?author=3
Data Entry Clerk at MerkleSeptember 2012
I have continued to work part-time in data entry while still in school. Programs used: Formware, Unibase
Postal Clerk at Private ContractorSeptember 2011 - November 2011
* Loaded and unloaded mail (up to 70 lbs) from planes * Sorted, inspected, handled letters and packages * Operated the cash register * Assisted in training soldiers in postal duties; conducted PowerPoint presentations and administered tests * Verified IDs of Army postal representatives
Data Entry at Direct Mail Processors, Inc.August 2006 - September 2011
* Typed data from direct mail into the computer (typing speed: 120 WPM) * Programs used: Formware, Remit
Contributor at FrumForum.comJanuary 2009 - October 2010
Wrote about politics and current events from a center-right perspective.
Cashier/Customer Service at Britner Produce (Family Business)June 2004 - August 2008
* Operated a busy outdoor produce stand by myself * Bagged fruit and vegetables for customers * Operated the cash register
Alex Knepper's Education:
St. John's College (MD)2013 – 2015Master's of Arts in Liberal Arts
American University2008 – 2011B.A.Concentration: Political Science
Hagerstown Community College2007 – 2008N/A
North Hagerstown High School2004 – 2008Diploma
Alex Knepper's Interests & Activities:
Politics, political theory, philosophy, pop culture, music, psychology, international relations, foreign policy, sexuality and gender studies, sociology, education, humanities