BA: University of New Hampshire
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies: Keene State College
Ph.D: University of Maine
I grew up nearby in Peterborough, where I attended public school through 9th grade, and I later graduated from Holderness School. After college, I worked in the Monadnock region as a carpenter, building passive solar homes and coaching Nordic skiing. I eventually went to graduate school, got married, became a history teacher, and raised two daughters with my wife Lulu.
In 1995, I joined the Dublin School History department, where I worked for the next six years. After that, I taught history at Miss Porter’s School, leading student trips to Ireland (Dublin and Belfast) and China (Shenzhen and Beijing).
I now live in Peterborough with Lulu, our cat Bailey, and our dog Murdoch.
What book has made you think the most? The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity by Jill Lepore.
What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? At Holderness School, I took a course called Asian-African Studies with a teacher named Jim Page. It was my introduction to non-Eurocentric history and the first time I felt a passionate interest in an academic subject. Jim Page was the first teacher who ever referred to me as an “excellent student,” something I was not accustomed to hearing at the time.
What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? At the University of New Hampshire, I took a lot of English courses that required me to write a weekly research paper on a subject of my choosing. This experience helped me form opinions about a range of controversial topics. That’s why I became an English major.
What is your favorite place on campus and why: The first place that comes to mind is the upper soccer field where, as a teenager, I played pick-up soccer on many summer evenings.
I am most happy when... I am warmed by my wood stove on a cold winter evening.
If I had a free afternoon I would... I would browse through the used book section of the Toadstool Bookshop.
What is your favorite outdoor activity? I like to walk through the woods behind our house after a snowstorm when the fresh animal tracks reveal the comings and goings of the creatures with whom we share the property.