Since starring as “Congressional Delegate #4” in his high school’s production of 1776, Jon has been passionate about all things American history. After hiding in the library for four years to avoid Montreal winters, Jon graduated with a First-Class Honors Degree in History from McGill University. His research won two undergraduate awards and he received an additional prize for having the highest GPA of graduating History Department students. He is now a Ph.D. Candidate in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia and a Visiting Fellow in the History Department at Harvard University where is a writing a dissertation on the history of American state lotteries.
Jon has extensive experience teaching history and tutoring students in essay writing. He served as a tutor at UVA’s writing center and, in four semesters as a teaching assistant, graded essays and led discussions for over 200 students. He also taught his own lecture course on twentieth century American history, and his overwhelmingly positive reviews as a teaching assistant and course instructor led the University of Virginia Alumni Association to award him its prize for undergraduate teaching in 2016.
When he isn’t working on his dissertation, listening to Bruce Springsteen, or listening to Bruce Springsteen while working on his dissertation, Jon enjoys volunteering for political campaigns, watching Boston sports teams win championships, and playing overly-complicated board games.