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. In Bogotá, David translated into English poems by Colombia’s national poet, José Asunción Silva, under the mentorship of the writer’s biographer, a cousin of Colombia’s current president. Colombian literature and politics inspired David to study Latin American literature, film, and cultures more deeply at Harvard University. And, in 2016, after garnering additional grants to study in Brazil and Mexico, he received his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures. In the process, he has published a number of peer-reviewed articles, essays, poems, and translations.
Throughout his education, David has found inspiration in teaching. While at UVA, he devoted time to tutoring children of migrant workers in the Central Virginia region. In New York, he tutored graduate students writing papers in ESL at Columbia and NYU. He also lived in the city’s International House, where he served as a tutor for middle school students in the Harlem Tutorial Program. David later taught Spanish at the University of Virginia and on Semester at Sea’s Mediterranean Voyage, traveling on a ship with 700 students. Most recently, he has been teaching Spanish and Latin American literature at Harvard, where he is a Departmental Teaching Fellow and also a resident tutor, sophomore advisor, and fellowships tutor at Pforzheimer House. For his work in the classroom, he has received eight Certificates of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. He has also mentored successful applicants for the Fulbright, Rhodes, Schwarzman, and Rockefeller scholarships, among others.
When he’s not teaching, David is planning his next trip abroad or looking up a new recipe. For fun in Cambridge, he’s either biking or running along the Charles (or rowing in it). He also enjoys hitting up a local museum or poetry reading.