Aaron Stern′s Biography
Aaron Stern was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, graduated from high school in Eugene, Oregon and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics at Columbia University in New York. After graduating in 1988, he worked for two years at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC and then, moved overseas to teach at the Rajamangala Institute of Technology’s Bangpra agricultural college in Chonburi, Thailand, for one-and-one-half years.
Having become fascinated with Thailand, he returned to the United States in 1992 to study the Thai language and pursue his Masters Degrees in Public Policy and International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1995, after two MAs and three years of formal Thai instruction, he returned to Thailand and worked on research and advocacy issues concerning international migration at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Earning his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Michigan in 2006, Dr. Stern received a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship for his dissertation field work in Thailand in 2002, Dr. Stern now works in international development. He is a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Manila, the Philippines, USAID, being the primary agency responsible for economic development, health, and educational aid by the U.S. government to foreign countries. Dr. Stern is responsible for budgeting, strategic planning, evaluation, and preparing for and responding to natural disasters and humanitarian crises.
Additionally, Dr. Stern has written various articles regarding contemporary issues affecting the Kingdom of Thailand, acted as a translator for a wide variety of documents from Thai to English, and has edited numerous articles concerning the art of meditation and its application in daily life.