BA/MA, Yale University, History; MPhil, Cambridge University, European Literature
Chris’s approach to getting students to write great essays is driven by two main directives: 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 and as the executive editor of Genius, a new-media startup. 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.
— 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