A native of Edina, Minnesota, Ian received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College in 2009. He then worked as a cartographer and consultant before beginning his doctoral work at the Ohio State University. He received his MA degree in history there in 2012. A recipient of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship and the HF Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, he was also a Smith-Richardson Predoctoral fellow in International Security Studies at Yale during the 2015-2016 academic year. He completed his Ph.D. in 2016, with a dissertation that explored secret military cooperation between the Soviet Union and Germany prior to World War Two. He is the editor of a forthcoming book, The White Nights: Pages from a Russian Doctor’s Notebook (Bowen Press Books, Fall 2017), and author of the soon-to-be released The Faustian Bargain: Secret Soviet-German Military Cooperation in the Interwar Period (Oxford University Press, Fall 2018).