Shawn is a writer, educator and communications strategist with over five years’ experience as an author and researcher on issues pertaining to citizen empowerment, democracy, and social and environmental justice. Prior to joining Above Ground, Shawn served as the managing editor for various online media outlets, and he wrote as a freelance contributor and columnist for over ten years. Shawn holds an honours B.A. in political science and an M.A. in communication and culture, and has served as a public outreach intern within the Morelos state human rights commission in Mexico.