Jon realized that he wanted to study literature and writing while working his first (and so far only) office job, when he found himself often hiding to read Dover Thrift Editions of the works of Shakespeare and Blake. So, he got a BA in English at The George Washington University, writing a senior thesis about medieval travel literature. Jon then attended Columbia University, where he earned a PhD in English and Comparative Literature as well as an Interdepartmental Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. His dissertation was about political aspects of fourteenth-century literature in England and Wales.
Since 2009, Jon has taught at the Pierrepont School in Westport, Connecticut, teaching literature, history, and various kinds of writing to students of varying ages, from middle school to high school. He has also taught Literature Humanities, the “great books” course at Columbia University. In graduate school, he taught freshman composition to Columbia undergraduates and mentored students individually in the university’s Writing Center. He has also worked one-on-one with students on personal statements for undergraduate and graduate admissions as well as on various analytical and expository writing projects. Jon’s primary expertise in teaching is helping students formulate, plan, and execute written assignments of all genres; he also relishes the opportunity to help students interpret, understand, and enjoy complex works of literature.
In his spare time, Jon likes to wander around New York and other cities; chances are he knows where the used bookstores are anywhere he goes. He also enjoys traveling to more off-the-beaten-path destinations (Guyana and Mozambique spring to mind). He is a proud Upper West Sider.