Including pre-school, I spent 27 years (!) being formally taught by people in Massachusetts, Vermont, Berlin, Mainz, Istanbul, and California, more than twenty of those years at public institutions paid for by property taxes and states’ general funds. The residents of California paid for my entire doctorate, which let me leave it debt-free in 2008. Throughout my education, I generally sat in the front row of any classroom, holding a monocular telescope to read the board. Even in the 1980s, before the age of Universal Design, my ocular albinism ultimately meant I tended to receive a lot more attention from classroom teachers than other students.

Here’s some highlights:

Worcester County Young Writers’ Conference, 1992, 1993.

High School Diploma, Wachusett Regional High School, May 1994.

Study Abroad Semester, Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Winter Semester 1998–1999.

BA, Department of German, Middlebury College, May 1999.

MA, Department of German, University of California, Berkeley, December 2002.

Fulbright Dissertation Year, Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 2006–2007.

PhD, Department of German, University of California, Berkeley, August 2008.