The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) takes considerable pride in the accomplishments of its Undergraduate Fellows.  Anthony Mark Garcia, a 2010 graduate of Hamilton College and AHI Undergraduate Fellow, completed a law degree at Vanderbilt University in 2013 and is now working in New York City at S2 Filings, a company specializing in SEC compliance.

Garcia honed his talents in several fields between graduate school and his current job. He previously worked as a research assistant at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, and at Human Rights Watch.  While awaiting the results of his bar exam he worked as a teacher and coach at his former high school in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.  His work with S2 Filings draws on his legal training and his education in economics at Hamilton College, where he completed an independent study on advanced topics in financial markets under the supervision of AHI Charter Fellow James Bradfield.  He credits his liberal arts education for his success in multiple professional environments.  “The value of a liberal arts education,” said Garcia, “is that it fosters critical thinking skills that can translate to a variety of professions and fields, and also instills a desire to understand the world around you and how the pieces from a variety of disciplines, cultures, and time periods all fit together. I could not have made this many career jumps, nor would I have found something intellectually engaging and enjoyable in each of them, had it not been for my exposure to the AHI.”

During his time at Hamilton, Garcia participated in several AHI leadership lunches, which he says helped him in to develop his speaking skills. “Reflecting on a time where I had people sitting awkwardly waiting to reach for dessert as I rambled on some point, definitely benefited my oral advocacy at law school,” he explained. After graduating he also received the William Vick AHI summer internship.

Garcia is grateful to AHI Charter Fellow Bob Paquette, whose class on the trans-Atlantic slave trade inspired Garcia’s law school seminar paper on the implications of customary international law in a federalist system. “I can also recall countless scholars I was introduced to in his course on the history of the conservative movement that were cited, referenced, and discussed in a variety of my law school classes,” he says.

The AHI wishes Garcia well and congratulates him on his accomplishments.

Posting by AHI summer intern Michael Adamo