Ian S.


Teaching has been the love of Ian’s life since being a petulantly precocious toddler explaining the proper mechanics of the Bah-Bah. He now aspires to an at least slightly more well-rounded personality. Ian grew up in a series of Western and Midwestern towns before landing for awhile at Dartmouth College, where he tripped over his intended commitment to music and astrophysics and landed in political science, philosophy, and comparative literature instead, graduating with High Honors in 2004. An MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago followed.

Ian has taught students at University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Bard College, and Harvard University. Sometime during the course of that teaching, Ian became completely hooked by it. After being assured that the prognosis was not fatal, he has immersed himself in teaching and tutoring whenever possible. At Cambridge Coaching, Ian works with students a variety of subjects but specializes in writing and ESL tutoring.

When not teaching or tutoring, he is an academic, essayist, and student of the history of New York City (or the topic of the day). Ian is a voracious and compulsive reader and cinephile, as well as an equally avid chef with a love of immersing himself in regional cuisines. Find a book, and if he hasn’t already, Ian probably wants to read it. Well not that one. Ok, yes, he lied, just a few pages.

Education & Qualifications
  • University of Chicago, PhD Political Science
  • University of Chicago, MA Political Science
  • Dartmouth College, BA Government (high honors)
  • Admissions Coaching (College, Law, PhD)
  • Expository Writing
  • History
  • Political Science 
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "[What did your tutor do well?] He was great at coaching to bring out the best in me."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Satoshi, Applicant to PhD in Political Science)