Josh was born in Canada, finished secondary school in England, and also lived in Germany for a little while, but he still mostly considers himself a New Englander.  He received his BA from Williams College in 2001 (cum laude), his MA from the University of Toronto in 2002, and his PhD from Yale in 2009.  (All three were in some variation on Medieval History.)  Then he ran out of degrees to get, so he started teaching. 

He’s taught at several different institutions, including Southern New Hampshire University and Maine College of Art, with courses ranging from “ordinary” world history through the History of Africa to a course on the history of piracy.  In addition to his academic work, Josh works as a freelance editor, and thus has considerable experience in helping people (whether students or writers for whom English is a second language) improve their writing.  He has a long-term fascination with history’s coincidences, unintended consequences, odd connections, and general weirdness. 

When not at work, Josh is likely to be found in a bell tower, at a used book store, or on a mountain.

Education & Qualifications
  • Yale University, PhD in History

  • University of Toronto, MA in Medieval Studies

  • Williams College, BA in History

  • History
  • Expository Writing & the Essay