Alex Brammer, from Arizona, will graduate from West Point in May of 2014 with a degree in Economics. After deploying three times to Iraq between 2006 and 2008 as an Army Ranger, Alex enrolled in West Point, where he is focusing on post-conflict development economics. While at West Point, he spent time in Costa Rica and Ghana working on community development projects. As a Marshall Scholar, Alex will investigate ways to enhance and generalize successful microfinance initiatives so that they can be applied across a broad swath of development contexts. After Oxford, Alex will fly helicopters as an Army aviator.