Who he is: Alexander McCobin is executive director of Students For Liberty, which he co-founded in 2008. McCobin earned B.A. and A.M. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, was a summer intern at the Cato Institute as a Koch Associate and is working toward a Ph.D. in philosophy at Georgetown University.
Background: Alexander McCobin was born and raised in Pennsylvania, USA and spent time at the family's house and cabin in the Appalachian mountains reading, hunting and fishing. During high school Alexander participated in sports and was a Lincoln-Douglas debater, which he credits to a great degree with his extensive knowledge of libertarian principles. In ninth grade McCobin received Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged as a gift from his father in addition to several other libertarian books he had requested for his birthday. Alexander reports the book shored up the formal principles of his philosophical beliefs.
McCobin attended the University of Pennsylvania from 2004 to 2008, graduating with a B.A. in philosophy and economics and an A.M. in philosophy from. During his junior year at Penn, Alexander McCobin founded the University of Pennsylvania Libertarian Association, interned at the Reason Foundation during the summer of 2007 and founded a nonprofit organization facilitating and promoting debate opportunities for underserved high school students in the greater Philadelphia and mid-Atlantic region. Upon graduation, Alexander McCobin worked for a year at the Cato Institute as a Koch Associate, focusing on marketing and development, then entered graduate school at Georgetown University, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy.
During college, McCobin co-founded Students for Liberty, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the United States and serves as its executive director.
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