About the author

Andrew Shell grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and the Atlanta suburb of Woodstock and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2010. Since finishing university, he has worked in education, international development, health non-profits, and consulting and lived in Ukraine’s Donbas region for two years. Currently a graduate student at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, he has lived in in the beautiful Glover Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. since 2013 and enjoys reading, travel, running, biking, being regularly let down by UGA and Atlanta sports teams, the computer game Age of Empires II, and spending time with his girlfriend and their pet rabbit. His writing regularly appears in the Georgetown Public Policy Review and the Health Care Current, a weekly newsletter published by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

This website’s title comes from his grandmother Sophie’s maiden name, who was born the middle of 13 children to Czech immigrants in El Campo, Texas. Besides the Czech heritage, Andrew has much more distant British ancestry.


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