I grew up in Oneida, New York. I completed a B.A. in History and French at the State University of New York at Albany, with a year abroad at the Université de Paris (IV) Sorbonne and (X) Nanterre. I then studied for an M.St. and D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in History at the University of Oxford, where I was the recipient of an Overseas Research Studentship and an American Friends of Christ Church Scholarship.
I began working in schools during my graduate studies and decided to pursue a career in teaching. I was Head of History at Worth School in West Sussex, Head of Sixth Form at South Hampstead High School in London, Vice Master at Bedford School and Headmaster at Loughborough Grammar School. Currently, I am in charge of extra-curricular and outdoor pursuits at Kimbolton School in Cambridgeshire.
My main interests, apart from History and education, are languages, running and triathlon. At Oxford, I rowed in the Christ Church 1st VIII.
I live with my wife and two children in Kimbolton, England.