Patrick Oathout was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is currently working for the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives. Patrick just returned from Athens, Greece, where he spent the year teaching English and Debate on a Fulbright Scholarship. During his year in Greece, Patrick witnessed the country’s IMF default, the austerity referendum, and the election of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
A Harry S. Truman Scholar, Patrick graduated from Duke University with a double major in Philosophy and Public Policy. At Duke, he was Student Body Vice President, a student representative on Duke’s Board of Trustees, a columnist for the Duke Chronicle, and the Founder of the Duke Colloquium Fellows.
Outside of Duke, Patrick has worked in the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, has developed a mobile application for the City of Houston, and has worked at refugee resettlement organizations in North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Jordan. Additionally, Patrick has received awards from the Clinton Global Initiative and Duke University for developing a mobile application for entrepreneurial refugees. Patrick has also placed nationally and in the State of Texas in Impromptu Speaking and Student Congress.