William

Bio

When Will was eleven years old, he heard about the National Geographic Bee, started studying for it, and never looked back. Since then he's traveled to fifteen countries, lived abroad in three, learned three languages, and dabbled in three more. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Will graduated magna cum laude in Comparative Literature (Arabic & Spanish) from Georgetown University in 2012. After college he moved to Alexandria, Egypt to teach English and later won a Fulbright to Jordan to translate Bedouin poetry. He's now a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Harvard working on a dissertation on apocalypticism in the modern Arabic novel. 

Will has tutored and taught since early high school, first to middle schoolers at the Cabbage Patch Settlement House in Louisville, then to elementary school students at the DC Schools Project during college, later to Egyptian professionals at AMIDEAST in Alexandria, and finally to Iraqi, Cuban, and Nepalese refugees at Kentucky Refugee Ministries. He now serves as a Teaching Fellow for first- and second-year Arabic language classes at Harvard. 

When Will is not reading, writing, or working on his dissertation, he is...thinking about his dissertation! He also likes to run, box, drink fancy coffee, walk along the Charles, listen to Charlie Parker, and dream of warmer climes. 

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature 
  • Georgetown University, BA in Comparative Literature and Minor in Arabic
Specialties
  • Literature
  • English
  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
  • Poetry