November People Notes
Anne Bala, director of web communications and services, left Tufts in October to become director of Internet marketing at Iron Mountain. Bala was one of the key strategists on the redesign of the Tufts homepage and played an important role in setting up a content management system for the university. Michael Lupi, senior web applications developer, will assume her responsibilities on an interim basis.
Jan-Marie Belliveau, has been promoted to coordinator of the Tufts Fund for Arts, Sciences and Engineering. She had been a staff assistant with the Tufts Fund since 2003. Before coming to Tufts, Belliveau worked in the Development and Alumni Relations Office at Framingham State College, her alma mater.
Bruce Boghosian, , professor of mathematics and adjunct professor of computer science, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation for scientific applications of grid computing. This work will involve a presentation of his group’s grid-enabled fluid dynamics simulation software at the Supercomputing 2005 conference in Seattle, Wash., November 13-18. Boghosian will be assisted in the presentation by Lucas Finn, a mathematics Ph.D. student, and Christopher Kottke, a former Tufts undergraduate who is now a graduate student in mathematics at MIT. This past summer, Boghosian spent four weeks visiting the Centre for Computational Science (CCS) at University College London, where he holds a visiting fellowship. He and CCS Director Peter Coveney, a visiting senior scientist in the mathematics department at Tufts, were guest editors of the September/October and November/December 2005 special issues of the journal Computing in Science and Engineering. Both special issues are devoted to scientific applications of grid computing. Boghosian was an invited speaker at the 93rd Statistical Mechanics Conference at Rutgers University in May and at the Conference on Vortex Rings at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, in June. He was also an invited speaker and session chair at the 3rd MIT Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics in June and at the 14th International Conference on the Discrete Simulation of Fluid Dynamics, held at Kyoto University in Japan in August.
Peter Cerundolo, director of development for the School of Engineering for 13 years, has been named director of development for interdisciplinary programs. Under his leadership, fund-raising for engineering reached $76 million during the Tufts Tomorrow campaign, and he was instrumental in securing several key gifts, including a $3 million unrestricted bequest for the school and a $500,000 gift from Lockhead Martin to support K-12 distance learning. He also achieved success in raising funds to support existing interdisciplinary initiatives at Tufts. In his new role, Cerundolo will collaborate with colleagues across all schools to secure funding for signature interdisciplinary programs and initiatives identified by the president and provost.
Mattia Chason, A07, a forward on the men’s soccer team, scored three huge goals the week of October 10 and was rewarded for the trifecta with Player of the Week honors from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). On October 15, Chason scored two goals in a 3-2, come-from-behind victory over Trinity College. Three minutes after Trinity took a 2-1 lead in the second half, Chason capitalized on a head ball from teammate Derek Engelking, A08, that eluded two Bantam defenders. His first goal of the game in the 71st minute tied it at 2-2. The match went to overtime, and Chason won it quickly, just one minute in, off a cross from tri-captain Mike Guigli, A06. Earlier in the week, Tufts tied for #8 in New England against Plymouth State, 1-1, on Chason’s goal with 14:06 remaining on the clock. He booted a ball from Dan Jozwiak, E08, out of mid-air and into the net, setting up the extra time. Neither team scored, but the Jumbos left with a satisfying non-conference draw. With his three goals, Chason’s season total vaulted to seven, tied for second in NESCAC. His 16 points on the seven goals and two assists in 10 games is second in the conference at 1.60 points per game. The Trinity game marked the third time this season that Chason scored twice in a game. He scored both goals in a 2-0 victory against Amherst on September 24 and had a pair during a 3-0 victory against Rhode Island College on September 27.
Daniel C. Dennett, University Professor and author of Freedom Evolves and Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, was a featured speaker at the October 6-7 “IDEAS Boston 2005,” a conference showcasing the range of ideas, innovation and creativity emanating from New England. The conference, sponsored by The Boston Globe, featured presentations from cutting-edge artists, scientists, philosophers, musicians, health specialists, inventors and others. Dennett has helped shape the debate on the moral issues around evolution, free will and mind-body connections.
Richard C. Eichenberg, associate professor of political science, published “Victory Has Many Friends: American Public Opinion and the Use of Military Force, 1981-2005” in the summer 2005 issue of International Security, a publication of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Eichenberg will present the results of the paper in November at the Seminar on U.S. Foreign Policy at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
Ioannis Evrigenis, has joined the university as an assistant professor of political science. Evrigenis recently completed his doctoral degree in the Department of Government at Harvard. In addition to an M.A. from Harvard, he holds an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics & Political Science. He is the author of articles on Plato and Aristotle in History of Political Thought and on the Jefferson-Koraes correspondence in The Historical Review. He is the co-editor and co-translator of Johann Gottfried Herder’s Another Philosophy of History & Selected Political Writings (Hackett, 2004). He is currently working on a book titled Carthage Must Be Saved: Fear of Enemies and Collective Action, which examines the role of the fear of enemies in group formation and preservation.
Raina Gay, a graduate research assistant in the Nutrition Immunology Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA), was awarded her Ph.D. from the Friedman School. Her dissertation is titled “The Effect of Aging and Vitamin E Supplementation on Coxsackievirus B3 Infection in Mice.”
Nina Gerassi-Navarro, has joined Tufts as an associate professor of Romance languages. She comes from Mount Holyoke College, where she most recently served as associate professor and department chair. She obtained her doctoral degree in Latin American literature from Columbia University in 1993. Her research interests encompass nation building, piracy, Latin American film and popular culture. At Mount Holyoke, she was affiliated with the Department of Spanish and Italian and with the Film Studies Program. In her book, Pirate Novels: Fictions of Nation Building in Spanish America, she examines nation building in 19th-century Spanish America by focusing on fictionalized accounts of pirates. She also recently co-edited the book (Dis)Locating Modernity: Space and Subjectivity in Early Latin America with Luis Fernando Restrepo. She is working on representations of space and the transgression of national boundaries in Mexico and in the northeastern Brazilian backlands.
Erika Gerber, A06, a biology/psychology major, received the American Eagle Outfitters Spirit of Service Award in recognition of her commitment to community service through Jumpstart, a national early literacy organization. Gerber received a $10,000 scholarship from American Eagle. She has been a Jumpstart Corps member since her sophomore year and has worked extensively with preschoolers in the Boston area to develop crucial early learning skills. She also has organized several service days and fund-raisers, generating both awareness and resources for Jumpstart in Boston. Gerber is one of 45 Tufts Jumpstart Corps members sponsored by the University College of Citizenship and Public Service.
Dr. Andrew Greenberg, director of the HNRCA Obesity and Metabolism Laboratory, has been appointed an executive member of the Boston Obesity and Nutrition Research Center. He gave a talk on “Adipose Tissue Inflammation” at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity’s annual scientific meeting in British Columbia October 15-19.
Mark Grossman has been appointed director of development and alumni relations for the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. He comes to Tufts from the Maimonides School, where he served as director of development. During his tenure, he built and led a staff that doubled the annual fund from $800,000 to more than $1.5 million in two years and helped cultivate a donor for a capital gift of $10 million. Prior to Maimonides, Grossman was a regional director for the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York for four years. He began his career in fund-raising with the Jewish National Fund in New York. He is a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Samuel Z. Guyer has joined Tufts as an assistant professor of computer science. He earned his doctoral degree in computer sciences from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. Since graduation, he has been working as a postdoctoral fellow for the multi-institution DeCapo Project, generating research, mentoring students, managing equipment and developing a compiler/run-time cooperative approach to garbage collection. His research interests include domain-specific program analysis and optimization, using compilers to detect high-level programming errors and security vulnerabilities and compiler-assisted memory management. His research focuses on developing novel compiler techniques for improving both the performance and quality of software. He is the recipient of an Intel Foundation Graduate Fellowship, a Schlumberger Fellowship and an MCD Fellowship.
Yannis Ioannides, the Max and Herta Neubauer Professor of Economics, and Sonia Hofkosh, associate professor of English, have been elected to the Arts, Sciences and Engineering Tenure and Promotions Committee.
Ray Jackendoff has joined Tufts as a professor of philosophy. He has spent most of his career as professor of linguistics at Brandeis University. He obtained his doctorate in linguistics under the tutelage of Noam Chomsky at MIT. During his 30-year tenure at Brandeis, he received numerous awards, accolades and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, fellowships from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Jean Nicod Prize in Cognitive Philosophy. He has served as president of the Linguistic Society of America. His research focuses on the semantic and conceptual aspects of natural language, their bearing on the formal structure of cognition and their lexical and syntactic expression. He also has done extensive research on the relationship between conscious awareness and the computational theory of mind, on syntactic theory, and, with Fred Lerdahl, on musical cognition. He is the author of 10 books and has two in progress. His most recent book, Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution, presents a comprehensive theory of the foundations of modern language.
James Joseph, director of the Neuroscience Laboratory at the HNRCA, has been awarded the 2005 International Prize for Modern Nutrition by the Federation of Swiss Milk Producers for his work related to nutrition, aging and brain function. Joseph was recognized for his contributions to the neurobiology of aging, in particular the various mechanisms he has studied that are associated with age-related decline in brain function, along with his demonstration that fruits and vegetables can reverse age-related alterations in brain and behavioral function in rats. He was invited to present this work at an award ceremony September 7 in Luzerne, Switzerland.
Denice Kelley has been promoted to assistant director of the Tufts Fund for Arts, Sciences and Engineering. She has been a staff assistant at the Tufts Fund since January, managing the young alumni e-mail solicitation program, organizing events and helping to solicit donors. For two years, Kelley also has volunteered with Tufts students in the Capen Africana Center. Before coming to Tufts, Kelley worked as a program coordinator and conference director at TechMission Inc., where she organized national conferences supporting faith-based organizations that serve at-risk youth and low-income adults.
Yuri Kim, a graduate research assistant in the HNRCA’s Nutrition and Cancer Biology Laboratory, was award her Ph.D. from the Friedman School for her dissertation, “The Protective Effect of Combined Antioxidants (beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol and ascorbic acid) Supplementation Against Chemical Carcinogen (NNK)-induced Lung Carcinogenesis in Smoke-exposed Ferrets.”
Zander Kirkland, A06, came in second at the New England Single-handed Sailing Championship, held at the University of Vermont October 8-9. The second-place finish qualifies Kirkland for the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Single-handed Championships in Hawaii November 18-20, his fourth appearance in as many years. The top four finishers in the New England regatta qualify for the national event. Kirkland performed consistently at the New England championship, notching a top-five finish in all but one of his 14 races and finishing first in a field of 37 sailors twice. Brendan Shattuck, A06, also fared well for the Jumbos, attaining seven top-ten finishes, good for eighth place overall.
Matthias Konzett has been appointed a senior lecturer in German. He comes to Tufts from Yale University, where he has been an associate professor of Germanic languages and German studies since 2001. He also served for two years as Yale’s director of undergraduate studies. He obtained a doctoral degree in English literature in 1991 from Emory University and a doctoral degree in German literature from the University of Chicago in 1995. He has several books in print, including The Rhetoric of National Dissent in Peter Handke, Thomas Bernhard and Elfriede Jelinek. He is the recipient of a Mellon Instructional Grant, a Morse Fellowship in the Humanities and several summer research grants.
Peter J. Kvetco has joined Tufts as a lecturer in music. He recently completed his doctoral degree in ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests focus on the emergence of “Indipop,” a nascent form of lingua-franca popular music that has developed alongside the liberalization of the Indian economy, the expansion of satellite television and the growth of a consuming middle class in urban India and in the Indian diaspora. He is also interested in the Antakshari singing games in village India and in the music of the Indian diaspora. Kvetko is a recipient of a fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies. He has taught at the University of Texas at Austin and Southwestern University and has experience teaching both traditional and popular music to students at various levels.
Pollyana Chavez Lazo, a graduate research assistant in the HNRCA’s Nutrition and Cancer Biology Laboratory, earned her doctoral degree from the Friedman School. Her dissertation is titled “Effect of Chronic Ethanol Feeding in Chemical Hepatocarcinogenesis and Retinoid Metabolism.”
Richard M. Lerner, Bergstrom Chair of Applied Developmental Science, attended the America’s Promise: The Alliance for Youth Research Council board meeting in Washington, D.C., September 21-22. As a member of the council, Lerner advises the alliance, founded by Gen. Colin Powell, on strategies for holding the alliance and the nation accountable for improving the lives of young people.
Dr. Maurice H. Martel, clinical professor in the dental school’s Department of Graduate Prosthodontics, received the Clinician of the Year award at the Yankee Dental Congress meeting in Boston this year. The award honors his many significant contributions as a leader and speaker at Yankee Dental.
Linda Sprague Martinez has joined the university as the internship coordinator and a lecturer in the Community Health Program. She taught the course “Race, Ethnicity and Health” for the Community Health Program last spring. She brings a wealth of experience in research, counseling and teaching. She obtained her M.A. in social policy from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management and is completing her doctoral degree, with a focus on social and economic inequalities and health policy. She also holds an M.A. in clinical mental health counseling from Rivier College. She previously taught at Cambridge College. Martinez has completed work on several research projects, including working as a research associate at the Cambridge Health Alliance and as a research consultant on the Access Project at Brandeis. She also has engaged in research through the Boston Puerto Rican Center on Population Health and Health Disparities Research and the New Hampshire Legal Assistance Fair Housing Project. Before moving to Massachusetts, she worked as a multicultural outreach specialist in New Hampshire’s Office of Minority Health as a bilingual therapist and as an elementary school guidance counselor.
José Antonio Mazzotti has joined the university as an associate professor of Romance languages. He holds master’s degrees in Latin American literature from the University of Pittsburgh and Princeton and a doctorate in colonial Latin American literature from Princeton. Most recently, Mazzotti was the Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard, where he was largely responsible for designing a new concentration in Latin American studies. His research interests are in Latin American literature from the 16th to early 19th centuries, Latin American contemporary poetry, critical theory, film, Andean studies and Latino studies. He has published books on El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and on Poéticas del flujo: migracíon y violencia verbales en el Perú de los 80; he is currently completing two others.
Dr. Mohsen Meydani, director of the HNRCA Vascular Biology Laboratory, discussed “Green Tea and Oatmeal for Breakfast” at the Oxidants and Antioxidants in Biology meeting in Alba, Italy, September 7-10. Dr. Simin Meydani, HNRCA associate director and director of its Nutritional Immunology Laboratory, also attended the meeting and spoke on “Vitamin E and Respiratory Infections in the Elderly.”
Dr. Konstantinos X. Michalakis, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at the dental school; Dr. Hiroshi Hirayama, director of graduate and postgraduate prosthodontics; and Dr. Kiho Kang, associate professor and associate director of the Graduate and Postgraduate Prosthodontics Division, published an article, “A Simple Impression Technique for Dental Implants Placed in Close Proximity or Adverse Angulations,” in the September issue of the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. The article presents a method for overcoming difficulties associated with the impression procedures.
Vincent Phillip Muñoz has joined the Arts & Sciences faculty as an assistant professor of political science. He comes to Tufts from North Carolina State University, where he has been an assistant professor since 2001. He received his master’s degree in political science from Boston College in 1995 and his doctoral degree in American politics and political philosophy from Claremont Graduate School in 2001. He teaches and studies political philosophy, American political thought and American constitutional law. Among his publications are “James Madison’s Principles of Religious Liberty” in the American Political Science Review and “George Washington on Religious Liberty” in The Review of Politics. He has taught at Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College and California State University at San Bernardino.
Matt Musson has joined Information Systems as a senior programmer/analyst and is the systems liaison for the medical and dental schools and for central development services. He comes to Tufts from Harvard University’s data warehouse department, where he developed reports and took a lead role in implementing the back-end infrastructure to support an enhanced reporting system, directional feeds, additional sub-systems and simple data warehousing. He also worked in the university relations division of his alma mater, Case Western Reserve University.
Adam Piggott has joined the Arts & Sciences faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Oxford in 2004, having been awarded the Dervorguilla Scholarship at Balliol College. Following graduation, he was a lecturer at St. Catherine’s College of the University of Oxford and at the University of Wollongong, teaching group theory, algebraic topology, multi-variable calculus and linear algebra. His research interests are in geometric group theory, automorphisms of free groups, subgroups of free groups and algorithms in group theory.
Vincent Pollina, associate professor in the Department of Romance Languages, is vice president of the Société Guilhem IX, the North American association for Old Provençal studies. In that capacity, he organized and chaired two interdisciplinary sessions at the principal meeting of medievalists in the United States—the 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies, held at the University of Western Michigan in May. The sessions were titled “Performance and Troubadour Lyric” and “Re-visiting a Monument: C.S. Lewis’ Allegory of Love.”
Rose A. Pruiksma has joined the Arts & Sciences faculty as a lecturer in music. She received her Ph.D. in musicology in 1999 from the University of Michigan. Her area of primary research interest encompasses 17th-century music and culture, with a focus on dance, music and constructions of power and identity in Louis XIV’s France. She also has secondary specializations in medieval and 20th-century music and in the music of Indonesia and South Asia. She is an active performer of the clarinet and recorder player and also has experience as a gamelan musician and director. She recently completed an NEH Fellowship and was also the recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant. Pruiksma has taught a variety of courses at Bates College as a visiting assistant professor.
Andrea Sherwin Ripp has joined the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences as a lecturer in occupational therapy. She received a B.A. in French language and literature from Tufts and an M.S. in occupational therapy, a master of education in special education administration and a Ph.D. in special education/physical disabilities from Columbia University. She has worked in a variety of settings, including the New York City Board of Education, United Cerebral Palsy of New York, private clinics and home-care, specializing in children with multiple handicaps. Her interests include parent advocacy, related service delivery models, complementary practices, early intervention and Internet-based research. Her recent scholarship focuses on use of an Internet-based course for parent advocacy in special education. For the past two years, she has been a part-time lecturer and technology expert at Tufts’ Boston School of Occupational Therapy (BSOT).
Dr. James Ross, professor of clinical sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and university Distinguished Professor, will retire on January 1 after 25 years of service to the school. He earned his D.V.M. from Ohio State University in 1965, and completed his Ph.D. in physiology at Baylor College of Medicine in 1972. As a graduate student and then as a faculty member at Baylor, Ross played a critical role in pioneering animal research that provided a foundation for the development of cardiac-assist devices for use in human beings. He worked closely with Dr. Michael DeBakey, a pioneer in cardiovascular surgery, and others, on NIH-supported research addressing the physiologic challenges associated with mechanical circulatory assistance. He has written or co-authored more than 70 scientific publications and numerous book chapters. At the veterinary school, Ross served as chair of the Department of Medicine for 17 years.
Allen F. Shaughnessy, adjunct clinical professor of public health and family medicine, is the recipient of a Lifetime Faculty Achievement Award from the Family Medicine Education Consortium in recognition of his contributions to family medicine education. He received the award at the consortium’s Northeast Regional Meeting October 29 in Hershey, Pa.
Dale Edwyna Smith has joined Tufts as a lecturer in history. She earned her doctoral degree in the history of American civilization from Harvard in 1993. Her scholarly work joins history, literature and cultural criticism to examine questions such as is race “real” and what are some of the ways race has influenced the creation of American identity, the evolution of American culture and the idea of progress? Most recently, she has served as a visiting assistant professor of history and American studies at Roger Williams University. She also has taught at St. Louis University, Washington University, the College of the Holy Cross and Suffolk University. She is the author of The Slaves of Liberty: Freedom in Amite County, Mississippi, 1820-1968.
Sarah Sobieraj has been appointed an assistant professor of sociology. She comes to Tufts from Towson University, where she was an assistant professor of sociology. She earned her Ph.D. in 2002 from the State University of New York at Albany. Her dissertation is titled Voluntary Associations, the News Media and the Political Culture of Presidential Campaigns: The Promise and Limitations of Civil Society and the Public Sphere, and she has spoken on related topics in the news media. She is working on a book that explores public political life during presidential campaigns, investigating the mobilization of civil society during the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections by studying the responses of voluntary associations to key campaign events (nominating conventions and televised debates). As a faculty leader for the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, she worked with an interdisciplinary team of faculty from across the country to facilitate academic seminars for more than 400 students on location during the 2004 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. She is an award-winning teacher who has taught classes on the sociology of mass media and popular culture, political sociology, social movements and the sociology of culture. Her most recent publications can be found in The Sociological Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly and Teaching Sociology.
John Straub has joined Tufts as a lecturer in economics. He received his doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2002. He most recently served as an assistant professor of economics at Texas A&M University. His main area of research is the economics of the nonprofit sector, with a specific focus on charitable contributions and the value of volunteer labor. Straub has published papers on public economics and labor economics and has taught courses on public economics, intermediate microeconomics and statistics for public policy analysis.
Elisa Thomas, associate director for stewardship for medical advancement, has left Tufts for a new opportunity at Jack Morton, a global marketing company, where she is working on interactive media projects. Thomas was a vital member of the medical advancement team for four years, during which time she also completed her master’s degree in visual media at Emerson College.
Alice Trexler, associate professor and director of dance, presented a paper on “Weaving Biology with Dance History in Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning” October 9 at the annual conference of the National Dance Education Organization at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Co-author of the paper is Francie Chew, professor of biology and director of American studies.
Scott Trudeau has joined the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences as a lecturer in occupational therapy. He holds a B.S. and M.A. in occupational therapy from Tufts and is working on his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College, studying the impact of intergenerational programs in higher education on retirees, traditional-aged undergraduates and faculty. His research interests are in developing effective strategies for providing community-based care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, the life experience for the person with advanced dementia and the occupations that may contribute positively to that experience. He has been a part-time lecturer at Tufts’ BSOT and project director for the NIH-sponsored Boston College nursing research institute study on reminiscence during bathing individuals with Alzheimer’s disease at home.
Heather Urry has joined the Department of Psychology as an assistant professor. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Mental Health, working with Richard Davidson in the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In her scholarly work, she investigates the neural concomitants of voluntary emotion regulation, the somatic and cognitive consequences of activating the brain’s emotion and emotion regulation circuitry, the measurement of emotional experience and its association with endocrine activation and the psychophysiology of emotion and emotion regulation. In addition to her research work, she is trained as a clinician and has experience providing individual and group therapy in a variety of settings.
Sonia Vega-López, a postdoctoral associate in the HNRCA Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, and HNRCA staff participated in an information/Body Mass Index (BMI) determination booth at the health fair “A tu Salud,” organized by the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston and the Latin American Health Institute on October 8 in East Boston. The health fair was part of the Fifth Bi-national Health Week, a series of health promotion and education activities held across the United States and in Mexico from October 8-16.
Amy Welch, associate director of alumni relations for the School of Dental Medicine, will be leaving Tufts on November 17. She and her husband, Joe, will be relocating to Charleston, S.C. Welch has been a dynamic member of the dental development and alumni relations team for five years.
John Wendelken has joined the Prospect Research & Management Office as a researcher. Previously, he was a research analyst at the Investor Responsibility Research Center in Washington, D.C., specializing in researching corporate governance and compensation issues. Wendelken also has been a freelance writer and editor for several publications, including contributing to The Washington Post’s online nightlife section. He received his B.A. in English and history from George Mason University.