Currently, Hayes is employed as a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security. When not serving as a government employee, he spends his time reading and writing on current affairs and international law. His writings have a special focus on the workings of the UN, particularly the Security Council, and can be found at his personal blog, as well as at UN Dispatch. Hayes is also a nine-year veteran of the Model United Nations circuit.
International debates aside, Hayes is an eclectic television watcher, currently fascinated by “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey.” He also is an avid baker and amateur chef.