We chatted with Ryan Nuckles, who just joined us here at the John Quincy Adams Society’s headquarters. Ryan will work with chapters in the Society’s northern region.
What’s your background with the John Quincy Adams Society?
I was involved with the University of Alabama’s John Quincy Adams Society chapter since my freshman year in 2016 – the same year the Society was founded. I came in knowing very little about U.S. foreign policy, but I quickly saw the urgency of a restrained foreign policy and I grew more involved. I was the chapter’s vice president during the 2017-2018 school year and then the chapter’s president during the 2018-2019 school year.
What are you most excited about in your new role?
I am most excited about helping the chapter leaders in the northern region grow their chapters. I believe that my experience as a chapter leader at Alabama will help current chapter leaders have strong meetings and events for their chapters. Their success will catapult the Society’s mission of bringing restraint back into the conversation in U.S. foreign policy.
What opportunities do you see in the northern region?
The northern region is filled with scholars and experts who are aligned with the Society’s vision of realism and restraint. The northern region also has both large universities and small colleges that ensures JQAS can be successful at every school with a chapter. I see opportunities for schools in the northern region that are nearby to have collaboration events to foster more substantive dialogue about U.S. foreign policy.
What do you like to do outside the office?
I really enjoy watching movies; some favorites I’ve watched recently are: Uncut Gems, The Battle of Algiers, and Dr. Strangelove. I am a big Alabama football fan, and I also support Chelsea Football Club in the English Premier League. I also enjoy going to farmers markets and cooking.