BA/MA, Yale University, History; MPhil, Cambridge University, European Literature
ACT, English, History, SAT, SSAT/ISEE/SHSAT, Writing
With over a decade of experience tutoring in New York's private schools, Chris offers full guidance to his families across test prep and academics. As a test prep tutor, Chris sees tests as a game, for which his job is not only to teach the rules for success but to devise the right strategy for each player, diagnosing a student’s challenges as well as the areas where they can optimize for point gain. As a writing coach, Chris’s approach to motivating students to write great essays is driven by two main directives underpinned by a similar sense of gamesmanship: 1. Don’t be wrong and 2. Don’t be boring. By teaching students to use evidence in unexpected ways to make the strongest arguments, Chris helps students transform merely good work into excellent work. When it comes to clarity and grace, Chris enforces New Yorker-style rigor: each idea must be lucidly set up and explained—at the sentence level, the paragraph level, and the level of the entire essay. The reward is not only a good grade, but the gratification of making a great point. Chris has been a professional tutor since high school, when he was one of the youngest teachers ever hired by The Princeton Review. He works especially well with students who are both curious and intellectually courageous.
Aside from tutoring, Chris is a recognized reporter and critic whose long-form writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, ArtForum, The London Review of Books, and many other publications. Trained as a member of the editorial staff at The New Yorker, Chris has also served as a senior editor of the literary journal n+1, the executive editor of a new-media startup, and as hedge fund analyst helping to originate hundred-million dollar investments in the media space. His areas of interest range from political strategy and public health to the art market and high fashion. In 2012, he founded the Yale AIDS Memorial Project, an alumni-led initiative to document the lives of students from the university who perished during the AIDS epidemic.
— Hearst Editorial Excellence Public Interest Award for Esquire’s “House of Pain,” 2018
— ArtNet’s Most Important Art Essays of the Year, for “Shopkeepers of the World Unite,” 2014
— DAAD Graduate Scholarship for German study, 2008
— Henry Fellowship, to fund a Master's at either Oxford or Cambridge, 2007
— U.S. Department of State Critical Languages Scholarship, to study Turkish in Istanbul, 2007
— Mendell Prize, Award given to the Yale senior who contributes most to the intellectual life of his or her college, 2007
— Fulbright Award (declined to accept the DAAD), 2007
— Rhodes Scholarship Finalist, 2006