Born and raised in Morningside Heights, Madeleine has always loved whizzing down a Manhattan avenue (in the designated bike lane, of course) and watching the neighborhoods fly past on her way to Inwood or Battery Park. She earned her BA in Social Studies from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago, where she taught undergraduate courses in Middle Eastern history, Islamic and European political thought, and academic and professional writing. Her research into the Young Ottoman movement of the 1860s and 1870s has taken her to Istanbul, Paris, and London for archival visits, and to Göttingen, Germany for an Early Career Fellowship at Lichtenberg-Kolleg. She is currently finishing up a book about Ottomanism in late nineteenth-century political thought.
As a longtime tutor and former classroom teacher, Madeleine has worked successfully with a broad range of students over the years, ranging from first-graders to adults, and students labeled “gifted” as well as those diagnosed with ADHD, language processing delays, and other disabilities. She has taught ESL and basic literacy and math skills alongside sophisticated test-taking strategies for the SSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE. Madeleine has extensive experience coaching students at every level to improve their written communication skills and study strategies in a range of subjects. Her favorite part of teaching is helping students make connections between what they’re struggling to learn and what they already know. Beyond this, she loves working with students to hone their techniques for sharing what they know with others, whether through writing, speaking, or filling in bubbles under intense time constraints.
When she’s not teaching or working on her book, you are likely to find Madeleine hanging from the monkey bars in Riverside Park or else in her living room, re-listening to all of Joni Mitchell on her newly acquired vintage tube amplifier.