Young Democrats of Utah, President
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co
Joel Skaria is a first-generation Indian-American from Augusta, Georgia. Growing up with a mixed cultural identity and differing political views in the South, Joel learned to bring humor and human connection to political and ideological discussions that warranted action.
After completing an A.B. in Cognitive Science at the University of Georgia, Joel worked in several research labs and as a therapist for children with autism before moving to Logan, Utah, to begin his PhD in Neuroscience at Utah State University.
Joel is currently a PhD Candidate in Neuroscience at Utah State University, and he works as a Lecturer of Psychology and Neuroscience at Weber State University. Additionally, Joel has taught several courses as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Weber State University and Salt Lake Community College.
In his spare time, Joel enjoys practicing yoga, snowboarding, climbing, mountain biking, paddle-boarding, cooking, traveling, and spending time with his partner, Nicole, his dog, Moksha, and his two tuxedo cats, Vincent and Cooper.