It was the enthusiastic and quirky instruction of Lincoln Fenn (World History) and George Hooker (Biology) at Rutland High (VT) that first inspired me to consider becoming a teacher. The two loved their subjects as well as their students, revealing to me the core truth that education is ultimately about relationships.
Later on, the stimulating, multilingual environments of the Humanities and Comparative Literature departments at Brigham Young University introduced me to a stimulating, challenging, and creative discipline that I fell immediately in love with: comparative literature.
In 2010, I received my PhD in Comparative Literature from The Pennsylvania State University, completing exhilarating fellowships in Taiwan, Italy and China as a Fulbright (2007) and Fulbright-Hays (2009) scholar.
I now teach Chinese language, Asian Studies and Asian and Western Humanities courses at Centre College (Danville, KY), where I continue my research on East-West literary exchange and translations of Chinese and Italian literature.