B.S. Chemical Physics, B.A. English Literature from Rice University
What is your strongest quality as an educator?
I’m interested in everything, and I take any question a student asks seriously
In 150 characters or less, why do you teach?
Because ideas matter. We shape our ideas, and then they shape us.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong, tr. Moss Roberts
E Unibus Pluram by David Foster Wallace
Yotsuba &! by Azuma Kiyohiko (in Japanese)
What qualities do you most admire in a student?
I admire students who appreciate the beauty of our world and face it with continual wonder.
What do you do in your spare time?
I read books with my wife and daughter, play board games with friends, overanalyze art and literature with anyone who’ll listen, and take long walks and runs in the parks. I sporadically dabble in computer science and technical writing. This year I intend to get into bicycling!