I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where my family still lives and which will always be home. I studied at Boston College and St. John’s College in Annapolis. Before settling in DC, where I’ve been for 7 years, I had spent parts of my adult life in Massachusetts, Germany, and the Twin Cities. Initially I taught Theology at a Catholic high school in our nation’s capital, and for the past 3 years I have taught English at the same school. My first encounter with Melville was during a lecture on Moby Dick from my sophomore English teacher in high school; we had only read a few short selections, but his analysis of the novel stuck with me. I later read the novel in its entirety in college and once again a few years after graduation – and I’m thrilled to do so again with this Institute.