Daniel was basically born in school—his parents are both English professors—and has never really left! He went to the University of Texas in Austin (his hometown), where he majored in English and French literature and Chinese language, alongside minoring in Neuroscience. After completing three honors theses and being named a Dean’s Distinguished Graduate, he attended and graduated from Yale Law School, before getting an MA in Sinology from the University of London. He then moved to California (where he passed the bar exam to become a licensed attorney) to begin a PhD in Chinese History at UC Berkeley, where he is currently a doctoral candidate. His research focuses on the role of law in theories of political legitimacy in early imperial and medieval Chinese texts.
Daniel has been teaching for nearly 20 years, beginning with the martial arts classes he ran as a teenager. That early interest continued: he helped to found and (for several years) run a martial arts school in Austin and still teaches kicks, punches, and takedowns at every opportunity. He has also worked as a private tutor for 6 years, and a college instructor for 3, during which time he has designed and taught his own college writing seminar. He loves teaching a wide variety of humanities subjects, from poetry to law to history to French and (especially) classical Chinese.
When not teaching or writing, Daniel continues his lifelong hunt for great bubble tea and tries to take pictures of his daughter that will make his wife laugh.