English & Literature

Cambridge Coaching was founded by doctoral candidates in English, and instruction in reading and writing is one of our particular strengths. Our tutors are published authors, as well as Ph.D candidates from the top English graduate programs in America, with most hailing from Harvard or the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop--or both.

We have a long history of helping high school, college, and graduate students become more astute critical readers and writers capable of producing their own polished academic essays. Many of our students come to us looking for help with basic composition or reading comprehension, but our expert tutors have coached our clients through everything from business English to doctoral dissertations. Whether you need to learn how to tell a participle from a pronoun, or need help making sense of Shakespeare, we can design a syllabus to suit your specific goal.

 

Popular Subjects: American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction, The Great Books, Literary Analysis and Close Reading, Writing about Literature
Tests: AP English Language, AP English Literature, SAT II Literature, Literature GRE Subject Test

English & Literature Tutors

Adair has traveled to over twenty-five countries, and has lived in Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, and Vietnam. Now that she’s in law school at Yale Law School, she can usually be found in New Haven, CT. Adair graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College with a 3.95/4.00 GPA...

When Adrienne was seven years old, she published her first book, "The Pretty Girl Who Was Smart and the Beautiful Girl Who Was Stupid," and she hasn't stopped writing since.  Adrienne attended Princeton, majoring in English and creative writing; she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa...

Initially a physics major, Alex graduated with a BA in English from Rice University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). Subsequently, he earned his PhD in English Literature from Rutgers, and his dissertation project was awarded the prestigious Dan David Prize in Literature by an...

Alexa is a medical anthropologist and writer. She is Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University. She holds an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Anthropology and Folklore and an M.A. from the St. John’s College Great Books Program. She did her undergraduate work at The Evergreen...

Alison grew up in Concord, MA, known for its literary and revolutionary history (Henry David Thoreau inspired the name of her first dog Walden). Alison has always loved reading and writing; at Brown University, she studied Comparative Literature and Italian Studies. While studying abroad for a...

Born and raised in Baltimore, Allison spent her primary and secondary education studying Japanese until her Japanese teacher, who happened to be enrolled in Arabic classes, inspired her to do the same! She graduated from Williams College cum laude with a BA in Arabic Studies, was awarded a...

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Alyssa is happy to once again call Brooklyn home.  Alyssa attended Saint Ann’s in Brooklyn Heights and then Williams College, where she majored in English and wrote a collection of short stories for her Honors Thesis, one of which won the Wainwright Award for best...

Born and raised in Hawaii, Amelia was excited to experience the snowy winters of rural Vermont when she started her undergrad degree at Middlebury College. Along with gradually figuring out how to layer, she fell in love with the Italian language. After spending a year abroad at the Università...

Andrew received his bachelor’s degree in American History and English Literature from the College of William and Mary, holds a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, and is currently finishing up his Ph.D. on the history of non-profit philanthropic foundations at Columbia University in...

Andrew was born and raised in New York City, where he developed a love for history and English at museums and bookstores across Manhattan. Andrew graduated from Columbia University cum laude with a major in history and an English minor. In support of his history honors thesis on the...

Andy grew up around punk music and alternative theatre in the Great American West.  After graduating from Arizona School for the Arts, he attended Harvard College, where he studied American History and Literature, wrote and produced six plays, recorded and performed original music, lived in a...

Anna is a Harvard-educated linguist and historian and has taught Humanities at Boston College, Brown, Phillips Andover, Harvard, and MIT. She has tutored privately
for many years. While in college, Anna tutored middle-schoolers in remedial English and composition. After entering a graduate...

Annabel’s educational journey began with homeschooling in Southport, Connecticut and taking online courses through Stanford University’s Educated Program for Gifted Youth. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, with a BA in English and minors in...

As an undergraduate at Wellesley College, Anne’s love of language and reading led her to double major in Linguistics and French. After a year studying abroad in the south of France, she was determined to spend many more years living à la française after she graduated. She taught English in two...

Ariel was born in Santa Monica, CA but has lived in New York City since she was twelve and considers herself a proud New Yorker. She attended Professional Children’s School (to accommodate her schedule at the School of American Ballet) where she discovered her love of literature, writing,...

Ash is a native of Queens, New York and will take every opportunity to remind you of its charms. He spent his teenage years crisscrossing the city, attending Hunter College High School. At Harvard College, he fell in love with the classics of social and political theory, majoring in Social...

Audrey was raised in Arlington, VA and graduated from Northeastern University with a major in international affairs and a minor in Arabic. During her time at Northeastern, she studied Arabic in Jordan and conflict resolution in the Balkans. She also spent six months working with a freelance...

Becca is originally from the Boston area, where she received her BA from Tufts University in Political Science and Community Health. Following college, Becca joined Teach For America where she taught 6th-8th grade Special Education in the Greater Boston area. While in Teach For America, she...

Becca holds a B.A. in philosophy (summa cum laude) from Dartmouth College and an MPhil in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. She is currently in the fourth year of her PhD in philosophy at Harvard, where she has been the recipient of the prestigious Bowdoin...

Ben graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard with a degree in Literature and a secondary field in Computer Science. After contemplating life as a professional musician, he decided to go into legal research; these days, Ben studies how technologies like artificial intelligence are challenging...

Until recently, Ben has been a Teaching Fellow at Columbia University, where he earned a PhD in English with a concentration on Shakespearean drama and economic history. In more than five years as an instructor at Columbia, Ben was repeatedly honored for teaching and mentorship. Not only does he...

Ben grew up near Philadelphia, where easy access to the city’s enormous park system spurred his curiosity about how people change the places they live in. Ben attended Amherst College, majoring in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought and graduating summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors....

Benjamin graduated summa cum laude with a 3.95 GPA from NYU, where his senior thesis earned him the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Achievement Award. Benjamin was also student editor of Mercer Street, a collection of NYU’s best undergraduate writing, and a writing tutor at NYU...

Beth grew up just outside of New York City in Stamford, Connecticut. She followed her passion for languages and literature to Middlebury College in Vermont, where she graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English and American Literatures and Italian. After graduating, she worked in digital...

Blythe is a member of the Yurok Tribe; she is originally from McKinleyville, CA, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Blythe graduated from Dartmouth College in 2012 with a BA in Sociology. At Dartmouth, she was a Mellon Mays Fellow, won the national Beinecke scholarship as a junior and was one...

In 2008, Brent graduated from NYU, double-majoring in Literature and Music. He made the Dean’s List and was awarded the Dean’s Grant for Creative Writing. After graduating, and living briefly in France, he became an English and History tutor, helping students improve their grades and craft...

Bryan grew up in Akron, OH where he cultivated a taste for exploring the wider world and has spent most of his life in Chicago and New York City. Bryan is a Ph.D. candidate in British Atlantic and Early American History at Columbia University. He earned his BA from the City College of New York...

Cait was born and raised in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. After attending events on Penn's campus and at the Kelly Writers House throughout her childhood, her dream of receiving a Penn education became a reality when she studied for and received her Bachelor's degree in Biological...

Caroline Dell is a Senior Associate Consultant in Bain & Company’s New York office. She joined Bain full-time in September 2013, after an internship during the summer of 2012.

Caroline graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy. While at Brown, she was...

Born and raised in South Florida, Cassie moved to Massachusetts to attend Williams College, where she braved the cold weather and received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and Spanish Literature. While at Williams, Cassie studied abroad through Colby College at the University of...

Catherine is a graduate student pursuing a PhD in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She has an undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University, where she spent endless months counting Zebras on the plains of Africa and trees in...

Born and raised in South Korea, Chang came to the US in 2007. After going from New Jersey to Connecticut for middle and high school years, respectively, he completed his tri-state triangle when he enrolled in Columbia University in New York City. While there, he earned  his B.A. in English...

Charlotte was born in Utah, grew up in England, and has lived in Mexico, Peru, and Chile. She holds a B.A. with first class honors and distinction in English and Spanish from Oxford University, an M.A. in Hispanic Studies from Brown, and a postgraduate certificate in translation from the...

Chris graduated from Princeton, in 2009, with an AB in German Literature and a Certificate in Creative Writing (Poetry). His junior papers, on a short story of Robert Musil’s and a novella of Samuel Beckett’s, won the German Department’s Junior Independent Work Prize, and his thesis on Musil won...

Chris grew up in Toms River, New Jersey, where he developed an appreciation for the finer things in life, especially the music of Bruce Springsteen, the invaluable service of gas station attendants, and mozzarella cheese (pronounced “mootz-ah-rell,” or simply “muhtz”), though he has since...

Claire started tutoring when she herself was in high school, and she's been teaching ever since! After graduating as valedictorian, she left Ann Arbor (Go Blue!) for New York City, specifically Barnard College and Columbia University, where she tutored calculus and writing. She majored in...

Claire graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and honors in nonfiction writing. She now holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the New York Academy of Art.

Claire has taught English literature at a high school in Athens, Greece, and...

Claire was born and grew up in Berkeley, CA where she developed a lifelong love of exploration and science. In 2014, she received her B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Yale University, with distinction in vector-borne diseases.

Following graduation, Claire...

Connor is a cofounder of an upcoming cryptography software project and the sole proprietor of a novel-in-progress. He grew up in Wyoming—his true loyalties are with the forests of the Snowy Range and the rock formations of Vedauwoo. He graduated from Duke in 2012 as an Angier B. Duke Memorial...

Courtney attended Carnegie Mellon University, completing a specialized interdisciplinary degree in anthropology and studio art. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with University, Inter-college, College of Fine Arts, and Dietrich College Honors, and was named as an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar....

Daniel is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of five books of literary nonfiction.  He specializes in coaching students on their personal statements and other application essays, whether the goal is getting into a great college, grad school, or medical...

After growing up on a farm in Iowa, Danielle moved to Massachusetts, where she studied English with a citation (minor) in Spanish at Harvard University. At Harvard, Danielle was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and graduated summa cum laude a year later. She spent most of her free time in...

David grew up in Acton, MA, former home to Steve Carell and Big Bird (really—look it up!), where he also teaches. He’s a passionate parent, runner, musician, learner, reader, and writer. David has been a freelance writer for 15 years, interviewing people like Sia, Elvis Costello, and “Weird Al”...

David received his B.A. at the University of Virginia, where he studied creative writing (poetry), English literature, and Spanish. He graduated with distinction and went on to study poetry writing at Columbia University, earning his M.F.A. and winning a Fulbright Fellowship to Bogotá, Colombia...

Austin, TX is Devin’s hometown: when he was young, his family moved there from Orlando, FL because they realized they had finally finished seeing every part of Disney World. He got his BA in philosophy at Yale, where he graduated magna cum laude and won 1st prize in the Yale Public Speaking...

Dilyn is originally from a cute mountain town – Golden, Colorado – that still thinks of itself as being “the Wild West.” She left her hometown to attend New York University, where she majored in English, minored in Spanish and studio art, and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Dilyn...

Duncan is an Affiliated Fellow of the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College and holds a D.Phil in English from the University of Oxford, an MA from University College London and BA from Cambridge University. He moved to the United States in the summer of 2012 after a decade...

Eliza grew up on an educational farm in Western Massachusetts, The Farm School, and was milking cows before she could read. Then she picked up a book and started reading everything (and everywhere) she could. She majored in English at Bard College, where she won several awards for her academic...

Elizabeth was born in the boonies of Appalachia. She attended the University of North Carolina, double-majoring in dramatic art and English and graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded the Joseph Adler Award in Dramatic Art and the Whitfield Award for her work in...

Elizabeth is originally from southwest Michigan, but has moved around from St. Louis to rural Kentucky before finally ending up in Boston. Hailing from a road tripping family, she enjoys stocking up on podcasts for the long drive (all 14 hours) back to Michigan to visit family.  Elizabeth is a...

Originally from Connecticut, Elizabeth graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and a language citation in German. While at Harvard, she participated extensively in the performing arts scene, earning the David McCord Prize for Unusual...

From a very young age, Elizabeth has been baking cookies, pies, and cakes. This love for baking stimulated her interest in chemistry. Elizabeth attended the University of Virginia and obtained her bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a specialization in biochemistry. At UVA, Elizabeth conducted...

Emily is a theatre kid from Jersey turned writing coach, educator, and interdisciplinary humanities scholar. She received her PhD from Columbia University in Theatre and Performance, a subcommittee of the English and Comparative Literature department, in Spring 2020. Building off her...

Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, Emily has spent most of her academic career on the East Coast, earning her B.A. in Slavic Studies from Columbia University in 2013 and her M.A. in Russian Literature from Harvard University in 2019. Emily has received numerous awards for her academic work,...

Emma grew up in a household of readers, and still remembers when her mother established the rule “No Reading When You’re Walking” after a bad fall (caused by reading while walking down stairs) resulted in a sprained ankle. Emma attended Sarah Lawrence, where she earned a BA in Liberal Arts with...

When Emma was fifteen, she started her own watercolor portrait business. Her favorite clients were the dogs. Always interested in life’s big questions, she spent her undergraduate years at Yale majoring in Religious Studies, contributing to a student-run journal that focused on the subject of...

Emma hails from rural Minnesota, where she frequented her local library to the point that her parents were forced to threaten returning her literary spoils as a form of disciplinary leverage. After graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2014...

Emmy did not learn how to read until third grade, many long months after her twin sister; and she has been making up for lost time ever since. An avid reader and book-worm (more like the Hungry Caterpillar of books), Emmy studied literature and the visual arts at Yale College, where she...

Eric grew up in Wisconsin, and double majored in history and English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where occasional rumors that the school had a football team (“Badgers?”) reached him while he was getting hooked on the writing of Joyce, Faulkner, Eliot and Woolf. He...

            Erik hails from Kansas, which, contrary to popular belief, is not flatter than a pancake, but has plenty of hills and forests (and is not in black and white). He attended the University of Kansas for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Classics. During his time at KU, Erik won an...

Erin Bartnett received her Masters in modern & contemporary literature from the University of Virginia, a certificate in publishing from NYU, and her Bachelors in English Literature with a concentration in Women's Literature from Rutgers University, summa cum laude, high honors.  She has...

Originally from the Washington DC area, Erin has lived in four states and three countries! Erin attended the University of Michigan, where she majored in Environmental Studies. In 2014, Erin was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English in Rwanda, and had the pleasure of teaching English...

Evan’s enthusiasm for helping others with their writing began in the second grade, when he coached his friend Michael through the writing and illustration of a short book about a society of friendly rodents who lived beneath the stairs of a house. Evan attended The Evergreen State College in...

Evan Mullen grew up at the end of a dirt road in bucolic Vermont, where his work ethic took shape via innumerable hours spent stacking wood. He majored in Humanities with a focus on French history and literature at Yale, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He then promptly moved to...

Evander Price hails from the southwesternmost corner of America—sunny San Diego—from where he has since been transplanted to the northeastern city of Cambridge, MA, learning through slow attrition to brave the bitter New England winters.

At Vassar College, he double-majored in Art...

Guy

Guy did his undergrad in France at the Université de Limoges where he got a Maîtrise in English Literature, with a Minor in Linguistics. He then did an MA in Classics at Rutgers University in New Jersey, in which he performed “spectacularly” on the General Exams, to use the Chair’s own words....

Hana Goldstone was born and raised in Southern California. She moved to New York City to attend Columbia University and has lived here ever since. As an undergraduate at Columbia, Hana double majored in sociology and dance. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and her...

Heather is a doctoral candidate in Philosophy at NYU. She earned a JD from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and a BA in Philosophy from UCLA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with College and Department Honors. Prior to law school she worked on Google’s Global Ethics and...

Helena was born in New York City and then raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Raised by parents who are both teachers (at the high school she attended, no less), she has been engaged with reading, writing, and education quite literally since she can remember. She studied at Columbia University...

Isaia is a fourth year PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow at Columbia University in the City of New York, where he is currently teaching a class on Plato and has already taught Latin classes at various levels. His dissertation focuses on the rhetoric and style of Thucydides and on the...

Despite her major, Janet did not learn how to speak English until she was 5-years-old when she moved to the United States from Taiwan. Janet graduated from Wellesley College with a dual major in Art History and English. After Wellseley, she went on to complete an MA in art history from the...

Jay

Jay Ben’s first acting role was as Judah Maccabee in a first-grade Chanukah pageant. After an eight-year hiatus (during which he determined, successively, that he would become a cartographer, a professional skier, a fantasy novelist, an architect, and an award-winning poet), he rediscovered...

Jeb

Jeb grew up on a beautiful, bucolic island near Seattle. Long commutes into the city to attend school gave him ample time to read and write, and he became a lover of books and developed an interest in English grammar and language at an early age. He received his B.A. in international relations...

Jedd grew up in the college town of Ann Arbor, MI, making theater with his grade school classmates and swimming in the great lakes. He earned his BA in philosophy and education at Swarthmore College, where he was a Lang Scholar for civic engagement. He then went on to his Masters of Education at...

Jenna grew up outside of Philadelphia, spending most of her childhood with her fingers glued to a fantasy novel or a video game controller. She attended Tufts University, where she majored in English and fostered a passion for fantasies written in the middle ages. At Tufts, she graduated summa...

Jimmy is a J.D./Ph.D. student (Sociology & Social Policy) at Harvard University. Originally from Los Angeles, Jimmy graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, in 2014 with a degree in Social Studies and English. Following graduation, he spent a year doing political research for David...

Jingyu completed her undergraduate work in mainland China in Chinese language and literature. She holds an MA from Harvard University in Regional Studies of East Asia and an MPhil from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Chinese Studies. She is currently a PhD candidate at Harvard University...

Joani began her academic career in the small town of Princeton, NJ. She graduated from Princeton summa cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and minors in Humanistic and European Cultural Studies. As an undergraduate, she founded and led Princeton’s interdisciplinary Humanities...

Originally from the midwest, John learned to teach and tutor while earning his doctorate in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. In his graduate program, he studied race and the slave trade in the literature of the Europe and the Americas, with an emphasis on Brazil. He...

Up until first being introduced to Donne in senior year of high school, John was firmly a science kid. In college, he began splitting his time between premed science and poetry classes at Amherst, and ended up graduating with a double major in Chemistry and English. His research focused on the...

Jon realized that he wanted to study literature and writing while working his first (and so far only) office job, when he found himself often hiding to read Dover Thrift Editions of the works of Shakespeare and Blake.  So, he got a BA in English at The George Washington University, writing a...

Julia grew up in New York City and attended Princeton University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude in 2008. After college, she worked in Sub-Saharan Africa to improve access to healthcare in rural communities. She went on to Harvard Medical School and is currently...

Julia may have left England at the tender age of 5, but she has never gotten over her first loves – good English tea and great English literature. In fact, she holds a B.A. from Princeton University in the subject (English, not tea), with certificates in Theater and Music Theater. At Princeton,...

June grew up in Southern California but spent two wonderful years at a boarding school in Delaware. She attended Boston College, majoring in History and graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She was the recipient of the Patrick Durcan Award, the history departmental commencement prize,...

For the last three years of elementary school, Kannan fell asleep to a book-on-tape about a barn owl named Plop; maybe that explains how prose got inside his subconscious.  Kannan did his B.A. at the University of Chicago, where he studied the history of science, graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and...

Born and raised in England, Karen went globe-trotting in her late teens through her early twenties, working at a variety of jobs (chambermaid, waitress, camp site assistant, flight attendant, van driver) in settings as far afield as Wales, Italy, Israel, Spain, Greece, and the United States. ...

Kate is extremely grateful to everyone in her life who embraces her philosopher’s tendency to respond to just about everything with “but wait, why do you think that?”. Kate developed this annoying habit at Gettysburg College, where she majored in Philosophy and English Literature. Reaching the...

When she was ten years old, Katherine’s dad took her to her first poetry reading, where she read a poem about a pine tree and another poem about a bully at school. She has been writing ever since, and she still enjoys giving poetry readings.

Katherine studied English at Macalester College...

When Keating read Suetonius’ biographies of the Roman emperors in high school, he realized that the ancient world was where he needed to be; barring a time machine, Classics offered the best means of entry. Keating went on to pursue his undergraduate studies in Classics at Columbia and Cambridge...

Kevin went to high school in a midwestern cornfield far from the nearest SAT administration, but managed to score 800s on his SAT Verbal, SAT Writing, and U.S. History tests, buttressing his self-esteem sufficiently to withstand a 690 SAT Math score. At Stanford University he took a BA with...

Kristen splits her time between central Connecticut and Princeton, New Jersey. After graduating from Colby College as salutatorian in 2014, with Honors in English and distinction in Sociology, Kristen decided to pursue a Ph.D. in English at Princeton, where she is currently working on a...

Originally from Connecticut, Kristina first moved to New York to attend Fordham University, where she majored in English and Latin American and Latino Studies. In her junior year, she studied at the Universidad del Salvador and Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina during a semester abroad...

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Lana attended Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in International and Area Studies with a double minor in Korean and Russian. She graduated summa cum laude, going on to pursue a Master’s in Humanities at the University of Chicago and subsequently entering...

Lauren is a published poet and English tutor. In 2019, she graduated with distinction from the University of Oxford with a Master’s in Creative Writing, during which time she won the Grindstone International Poetry Prize and the Helen Zell and Jamaica Poet Laureate’s Young Writer’s Prize for...

Lucina is not embarrassed to admit that some of her earliest memories are of playing ‘school’ with her friends and family. Years later, she entered Princeton University with vague scientific aspirations and left it a zealot for her major, English Literature, graduating summa cum laude,...

Born and raised in New York, Madeleine earned her BA in Social Studies from Harvard University and spent two years working in Turkey as a teacher and a journalist before returning to her hometown to join the editorial staff of the New Yorker Magazine. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in Near Eastern...

Mallory grew up in New Jersey, which means she grew up listening to Bruce Springsteen and eating pizza on Long Beach Island. She carried her Jersey pride with her to Connecticut, where she attended The Hotchkiss School. There, she wrote and directed her first play, “A Slice of Life”. She gave...

Margaret graduated with distinction from Stanford University with a BA in human biology. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa upon graduation and honored with a Firestone Medal for a distinguished undergraduate thesis in the social sciences. She then spent two years at the University of Oxford...

Mariam has been writing for almost as long as she’s been reading, ever since first grade, when the PTA moms at her Midwestern school started “publishing” student work—a.k.a., typing up the kids’ handwritten copy and binding the stapled pages in cereal boxes and wallpaper. At Princeton for...

MaryGabrielle hails from Solebury, PA, where she spent her childhood reading every fantasy novel available to her and subsequently play-acting scenes from those books in her backyard with her younger sister. (Harry Potter duels were their favorite.) 

She is a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard...

Molly was born to Texan parents, but grew up near Boston, MA (she’s still trying to find good Tex-Mex in Boston). She attended Harvard College, where she studied History and Literature and Social Anthropology. Her interests in international studies and human rights led her to focus on the Middle...

Nadia is a mixed product of northern New Jersey, upstate New York, and Moscow, Russia. She graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, where she double-majored in English and Psychology. She eventually received her PhD in Developmental Psychology, also from Cornell. Her work has received...

Nell is a born and bred New Yorker who spent her formative years in Prospect Park. She attended Wesleyan University where she double-majored in Art History and English (Creative Writing). While at Wesleyan, Nell was a member of the Women’s Varsity Squash Team, elected Captain her Senior year,...

From a young age, Nicole has been a lover of history. At Boston College, Nicole studied History and like any good student of a Catholic institution, she also enjoyed many theology courses. After graduating, she worked in Fidelity’s Legal Department as a business analyst. She is now a student at...

Nora Isacoff, PhD, is a professor in the Psychology departments at both Columbia University and New York University, and a former National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow. She has many years of experience working directly with students of all ages, from elementary school through adults. Her...

Raised in Beverly, Massachusetts, Nora is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where she majored in political science, and English and creative writing. She completed an honors thesis in creative writing and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude. While at Emory, Nora...

As an eldest child, Paige often wrote plays and taught her siblings how to act them out. This passion for fiction is central to her research and her love of teaching. She earned college honors at the University of California, Santa Cruz, majoring in Women’s Studies before going on to a Master’s...

Parker grew up in Asheville, NC. He attended Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, where he studied anthropology and literature, edited the Bard Papers, and received the Heinrich Blücher Prize for excellence in scholarship. Between 2014 and 2015, he was a Fulbright-García Robles scholar in...

Pat grew up on Long Island, New York and dreamed of living in a city. She went to college at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and majored in biology and English and then worked as a paralegal in Washington, D.C. while she decided whether to go to law school or graduate school in...

At the beginning of his undergraduate education at the Eastman School of Music, Peter would spend hours in the practice room working on excerpts of Richard Wagner’s operas and other pieces in the German canon. While this was certainly musically rewarding, he found himself increasingly interested...

Peter grew up in Southern California and attended the University of California Berkeley, earning his BA in English Literature and graduating Phi Beta Kappa with high honors. He then earned his MA and PhD in English Language and Literatures at Brown University, writing his dissertation on 19th...

Although she hails from North Carolina, Rachel is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada. (Ask her about Anne of Green Gables.) Her status as a Commonwealther is her excuse for her lifelong Anglophilia. Rachel studied English literature at Duke, where her senior thesis on judgment in the novels...

Rachel is a tried-and-true Boston transplant. She studied biology as a full-tuition merit scholar at Thiel College, a private liberal arts college that is buried under Pennsylvania snow most of the year. She then earned her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology as a merit scholar at Boston...

When Rani was twelve years old she decided that she had lived enough life to write her first memoir. She has secretly wanted to be a creative writer ever since. She got her PhD in Ethnic Studies and Film from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focused on the intersection of...

Rebecca was raised in the woods of North Carolina, where she learned to love both reading and climbing trees. Rebecca received her A.B. from Harvard, where she designed an independent major in drama and literature and graduated with high honors. Her senior thesis won a Thomas T. Hoopes prize,...

Richard was born in Canada and immigrated to the United States in elementary school, settling in the calm suburbs of Missouri. He graduated from Princeton with a degree in chemistry before spending two years at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar studying Global Health Sciences and receiving...

A true Manhattanite from head to toe, Sam attended Horace Mann High School before emigrating, in a fit of wanderlust and questionable judgment, to Ireland to enroll in the English Department of Trinity College Dublin. At Trinity, he earned honors and had his poetry and prose published in a...

Sam grew up in Southern California with a magician as a father and librarian for a mother, and she emerged as a curious intersection of the two. She attended New York University as an undergraduate, where she studied English and American Literature and Dramatic Literature. After hustling as a...

Samuel began his college career when most people finish theirs, at 22, when he started taking classes at Shasta College before his evening shifts as a line cook and kitchen manager in the small city of Redding, California. He enjoyed his English class so much that first semester that one day he...

Sara Deniz Akant is a poet, educator, and scholar, who recently found out that she is related to Dracula, by marriage. She grew up as a dual Turkish-American citizen in New York, and graduated with an International Baccalaureate from Atlantic College, in Wales. She returned to the US to study...

In sixth grade, Sara finally finished her first novel, The Clamorous Medium. Since then, she has thankfully learned to write without a thesaurus. Sara graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California, where she studied English Literature and Political Science as a Trustee...

Sarah has spent much of her adult life as a professional English teacher both overseas and in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which she considers her home. After completing her BA in liberal arts at St. John's College in Annapolis, she went on to pursue a masters degree in English and Comparative...

Sarah was born and raised in New York City, a place steeped in literary history that sparked her love of reading and writing. She attended Dartmouth College, where she majored in English and graduated as Valedictorian, winning the Stanley Prize in English for the most innovative undergraduate...

Shayna has lived in Montreal, Mumbai, Istanbul, Jerusalem and London—but considers herself a New Yorker at heart. She attended University of Michigan, majoring in Arts & Ideas in the Humanities and Creative Writing and graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After a few years of...

Shelby is from Wyoming, and he has spent the past decade living in Massachusetts, Colorado, California, and the UK. He has a Master’s in American Studies from the University of Oxford, and he recently received a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from the University of California, Irvine. He spent a...

Shyam grew up in Los Angeles, and completed his undergraduate degree in Neurobiology at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Wash U, he conducted research on the role of serotonin signaling in early brain development, and served on the university’s Board of Trustees. He graduated magna...


Sofía grew up in Berkeley, CA, which explains her soft spot for worker-owned cooperatives and her remarkably high burrito standards. She majored in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard College. Upon graduation, Sofía was awarded a Harvard Traveling Fellowship to research...

Susan is from the South, but she now lives in Hackney, London. She went to high school in Florida, earning the I.B. diploma and graduating first in her class.  She then studied English at Rice, in Texas, graduating summa cum laude and picking up the nickname Lady Geddes for winning the Lady...

    Tarek is originally from Beirut, Lebanon and spent most of his formative years in his hometown. He completed his degree in Political Studies, with an emphasis on International Relations and a minor in History, before moving to Sabancı University (Istanbul) for his Masters degree in Ottoman...

Terry is from revolutionary Lexington, Massachusetts, where he grew up marching in parades as a minuteman until he was old enough to think better of it. He attended Amherst College, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in English and French. His thesis on medieval...

Tess is a true Upper Westsider with no plans to leave. She attended Trinity School and then moved north to attend Columbia University, where she majored in English and fenced for the varsity team. After spending a few years working at the Kinetix Group she has returned to Columbia as an MBA...

Tess grew up on the coast of Maine and spent her childhood summers devouring as many garage sale paperbacks as she could find. These stories stoked a curiosity about the world and love of language that has stayed with Tess her whole life. In 2019, she graduated magna cum laude from...

Tess grew up in northern New Jersey, where, as an enthusiastic user of AOL instant messenger, she first discovered her love of the written word. That love carried her to Yale, where she completed a BA in English Literature and Philosophy, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa,...

Tim was born and raised in lovely Laguna Beach, California. He graduated summa cum laude, with Highest Honors in Politics, from the University of California, Santa Cruz. After graduation, he headed East to study for a PhD in Political Science at Brown University. And though he misses California...

Tony grew up in an immigrant family and is fluent in English and Mandarin (and Shanghainese). Tony moved from his home in Brooklyn, NY to Boston for college, attending Harvard College, where he graduated summa cum laude in Literature in 2008. He began a JD/PhD program at Harvard Law...

Hailing from Chicago, Tova attended the University of Chicago and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in anthropology. She recently completed her MPhil (with Merit) at the University of Cambridge where she studied Archaeology, with work spanning from theoretical anthropology to archaeobotany....

Vidya grew up bouncing between India and the US, and has seen her fair share of small towns and sprawling cities.  After graduating from the University of Bombay in India, she went on to receive her MA and MPhil from Columbia in English Literature.  After graduating with two degrees, she decided...

Before Zoe was in the first grade she lived in five different states and two different countries, and somehow she still likes to travel. Zoe studied English at Davidson College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. She was a John Montgomery Belk Scholar and received a Davidson...

Zoe grew up in the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles, California. She attended Vassar College  where she graduated after four years with a degree with honors in Science, Technology, and Society.  While at Vassar, Zoe was a member and captain of the Varsity Swim Team for all four years.  She was...

Born in Poland and having attended high school and college in the United States, Zuzanna has spent most of her life with a foot in each country. She graduated from Columbia University in 2013 with degrees in statistics and linguistics; she is now a 5th year PhD student in linguistics at Harvard...