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 discovered he is lactose intolerant. He attended home state Rutgers University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English in 2010.
Chris has a range of experience in writing and education. After college, he worked in a French high school as an assistant d’anglais, or English-language teaching assistant. He then moved to New York City, where he spent two years as a case worker and supervisor for non-profit programs that serve college students with disabilities. He has also worked as a part-time blogger and reporter, and as a youth basketball coach, referee, camp director, substitute teacher, and labor organizer.
Chris earned a Master of Arts from Yale University in 2016 and is currently a PhD candidate in English Language and Literature. His dissertation, tentatively titled “The Antinomies of an Imperial Democracy,” focuses on the American novel and the ideology of American exceptionalism. At Yale, Chris teaches literature, expository writing, and creative writing courses to undergraduate students.
When he is not reading, writing, or teaching, Chris enjoys spending time with his family--his wife Emily, his daughter Thalia, and the family dog “Toby Mans.” Chris coached his daughter in soccer for the first time this spring and is happy to report he made it through the season without a single red card.