Jonathan was raised in the Boston area and has never been able to stay away for long; as a result, he has developed an appreciation for the city’s strong traditions of education, culture, food, and sports, as well as a fondness for multiple cups of Dunkin’s while participating in said traditions. After graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Islamic Studies and International Studies from Boston College, Jonathan worked in research and evaluation for an education nonprofit before crossing the river to Cambridge. He is currently a graduate student and Dean’s Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, where he concentrates in Buddhist Studies and Comparative Studies.
Jonathan enjoys helping students at all levels to realize their full potential. During his time at Boston College, he mentored freshmen during their adjustment to undergraduate life and study habits, and he has experience working with writers of all levels in crafting and editing academic papers and admissions essays. He can help you study for a political science, philosophy, or history exam, perfect your term paper, master the GRE verbal, or become a time management pro. His teaching philosophy centers upon empowering students to create lasting knowledge in a process that is responsive to their needs and contexts, and is fun along the way.
When he isn’t preparing for class, Jonathan loves to hike, get out on the water, explore new cities, catch up on reading for his book club, and binge watch Game of Thrones or the Great British Baking Show (two different viewing experiences, to be sure); he’s become interested in baking as a result of the latter show, so let him know if you know anything about sourdough starters.