Ney grew up in Pollock Pines, CA, a quiet little town near Lake Tahoe. He received his BA in psychology from UC Santa Cruz in 2017 and spent the following two years working as a case manager in acute inpatient mental health. He's intrigued by intersections between case management and oral history. Ney hopes to continue working in the field of mental health while pursuing his MA degree. His recent research study focused on World War II, the disparate memories of Nazi atrocities, and religious critiques of fascism more generally. He looks forward to expanding his understanding of modern Middle East history and hopes to extend this focus to the intersections of religious, social, and political life by complementing his studies with Islamic Studies. After CMES, Ney intends to pursue a PhD and end up in a career in higher education.