Mike most recently served in Washington as Deputy and Acting Director of the State Department’s Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs. Previous assignments include Kathmandu, Hanoi, Tashkent, and Taipei. Before joining the Foreign Service, Mike worked as a dock worker on an oyster farm in Washington State’s Puget Sound and as an adjunct professor of political science at San Francisco State University.
Mike earned a Ph.D. and MA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a BSFS in international politics from Georgetown University. He spent a year doing research on a Fulbright grant at the Univesiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia, and has studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Taiwan Normal University. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, and at one time or another has also been fluent in Nepali, Vietnamese, Russian, and Indonesian.