Austin Ball is a double major in Middle Eastern Studies and Comparative Literature. Soon after starting at BYU, Austin discovered the Ballard Center for Social Impact and his interests in language learning and humanitarian services drew him to work there as a social issues researcher. He has dedicated himself to the study of Arabic and is currently working on a project comparing two Arabic philosophers and their theories of causation at a distance. He also works at the Maxwell Institute researching the historical development of retributive justice in the Christian tradition. He hopes to continue his studies with a masters in theological studies followed by working for an NGO or earning a PhD in theology or intellectual history. Outside of his studies, his interests include running, music, and acting in role playing groups.
2023 Scholarship Recipient