Ethan approaches evaluation from a position that values individual perspective, observation, and attentiveness. His professional background is in journalism and social-cultural anthropology. He worked as a reporter for The New York Times in Central Asia, and is currently completing a PhD at Rice University focused on ethnography he conducted in Kyrgyzstan. There, he collaborated on two separate projects intended to build peace and counter violent extremism by strengthening civil society. This experience exposed him to program evaluation and the importance of doing it well.
He has earned two Masters degrees—one in journalism from Columbia University, and a second in anthropology from Rice University. Since moving to the Twin Cities in August 2016, he has begun taking classes from the University of Minnesota in evaluation. He joined TerraLuna in August 2017.