Ethan graduated from Dartmouth College in 2008 with an A.B. in History. He served as a Communications Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps before receiving a Fulbright grant to Morocco to study the role of the Sufi orders in the country's independence movement. His research interests are focused on the French protectorates in North Africa and historical memory of the period. He speaks French and Moroccan Arabic, and is currently studying Modern Standard Arabic.