Joe Farmer is currently pursuing his Master’s in international affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service with concentrations in American Diplomacy, International Politics, and European Regional Studies. During his time in undergrad, he developed a strong interest in post-communist studies in Eastern Europe and the efforts to democratize in those countries. Joe hopes to cultivate his skills at the Bush School and dreams of becoming a foreign service officer after graduation.
Before pursuing his master’s, Joe attended and graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University with majors in political science and history. At Villanova, Joe realized he had a passion for providing service to others and engaged in weekly service projects throughout his time there and knew he wanted to devote his career to pursuing the common good. Thus, after graduation, he participated in a yearlong service program in New York City working at a legal nonprofit called Catholic Migration Services as an immigration counselor. Here, he worked primarily with lawful permanent residents who could not afford the high legal fees at for profit law firms, but wanted to become American citizens. Joe helped them along in the process by offering advice, assisting with the completion of the application, and managing the cases throughout the process. At the Bush School, Joe wants to continue developing skills that will allow him to give back to his community and make a positive impact on the world.