Tim L.


Tim is a teacher, researcher, and lifelong learner who grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. His intellectual journey has taken him from a large public university in his home state to graduate school in New York City, with stops in Greece to study archaeology, Rome to practice spoken Latin, and libraries in Los Angeles and DC to learn to read sixteenth-century manuscripts. Tim developed a deep interest in literature and intellectual history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied English and Classics and graduated with honors and highest distinction in 2013. He holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, where he studied English, French, and Latin literature of the Renaissance in relation to intellectual culture and political theory. He wrote his dissertation, which was awarded departmental distinction, about sixteenth- and seventeenth-century fiction writers who wanted their books to transform their readers into better participants in intellectual community and political life. In both Nebraska and New York, Tim has also worked in professional communications and freelance editing.

Tim discovered his love of teaching at Columbia, where he taught first-year college students for four years, in addition to working as a teaching assistant and as a grader at Barnard College. He has guided students through University Writing, an introduction to college-level essay composition, and Literature Humanities, Columbia’s flagship survey of Western Literature from Homer to Toni Morrison. Tim is an enthusiastic online teacher and was awarded the Literature Humanities graduate preceptor award in 2021. He loves working with students to reflect on and improve their writing processes, whether for academic essays or admissions statements, and helping students learn to read difficult books and appreciate complex ideas.

A committed autodidact, Tim is happiest when learning to do something new. Lately, he has been practicing yoga, learning to appreciate opera, and trying to identify birds around his new home in Boston. He hopes one day to learn to read Egyptian hieroglyphs.


Education & Qualifications
  • Columbia University, PhD in English and Comparative Literature 
  • Columbia University, MPhil in English and Comparative Literature 
  • Columbia University, MA in English and Comparative Literature 
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, BA in English and Classical Languages
  • English and Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Creative Writing
  • Expository Writing