Born and raised in New York, Madeleine earned her BA in Social Studies from Harvard University and spent two years working in Turkey as a teacher and a journalist before returning to her hometown to join the editorial staff of the New Yorker Magazine. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, where she taught undergraduate courses in Middle Eastern history, academic writing, and Islamic and European political thought. She also led courses in pedagogy for fellow instructors with the Chicago Center for Teaching and was awarded a Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship from the University’s Humanities Collegiate Division. Madeleine’s research as a historian 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 writing a book about Ottomanism in nineteenth-century political thought.
"As a longtime tutor and former classroom teacher, Madeleine enjoys working with students of all ages and with a wide range of gifts and challenges, including ADHD and learning disabilities. Whether in her work as a writing coach, a history and English tutor, or with clients preparing for the SAT, ACT, and GRE, her favorite part of teaching is helping students bridge the gap between what they have to learn and what they already know.
When she’s not teaching or writing, Madeleine enjoys speeding through the city on two wheels (in the designated bike lane, of course) and volunteering with Mutual Aid NYC.