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I grew up in Tucson, AZ, during the 1980s and 1990s. During that time the city was small enough to feel like a village. My parents were folk singers who performed during the weekends at various parties attended by hippies. I did not like the parties, so I sought refuge in school. During the late 1980s and early 1990s my city was overrun by youth gangs selling various narcotics, so I found safety in libraries when I was not in school. To understand my parents and their hippie background I studied American history and world history. I wanted to escape my environment and I wanted to be a polymath (a modern term for a renaissance scholar) so I studied everything I could read. My studying habits helped me do well enough on standardized tests to get into Harvard University (class of 1998) and graduate school for my Ph.D. in political science (City University of New York, 2011). I started teaching high school and college students in New York City in 2004.

My studying habits helped me become a polymath. I taught across the social sciences at 2-year and 4-year colleges in New York City and Boston between 2004 and 2016. I moved back to Tucson, AZ, in 2016, where I taught high school social studies, English literature, and math. I also spent time in China, first in Beijing teaching international relations to future Chinese diplomats at China Foreign Affairs University, then in Shenzhen teaching world history and American history to junior high and high school students. I returned to Tucson, AZ, at the end of 2019 and started teaching again at different charter schools in the city.

I love learning and teaching many different subjects because I get excited when I discover relationships between different fields of knowledge. I get passionate when I successfully teach students of any age about these relationships. Whether the subject is world history, sociology, the natural sciences, mathematics, English literature, or the creative arts (including movies, theater, TV series, music and dance), there is always a relationship between one field of knowledge and another field. I love discovering those relationships with whomever I am tutoring.

My hobbies derive from my varied interests in academic subjects. I love watching movies and TV shows if the media feature good acting, writing, and directing. I love playing chess. I love reading research papers in my field and other academic fields. I'm learning to play the piano. I love discovering new music and novels by great writers. I also love traveling to new places around the world, learning about their cultures, and comparing their cultures.

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Marriah’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Harvard University - Bachelor in Arts, Political Science and Government

Graduate Degree: City University of New York - Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science and Government


Chess, piano, photography, traveling to new countries

Tutoring Subjects

Academic Coaching

ACT English

ACT Writing


Adult Literacy

American Literature

AP Comparative Government and Politics

AP Research

AP Seminar

AP U.S. Government & Politics


College Application Essays

College English

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

College Political Science

College World History


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

European History

GED Prep

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Science

GED Social Studies

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School Political Science

High School World History

High School Writing


IB Extended Essay

IB Film

IB Geography

IB Global Politics

IB Philosophy

IB Social and Cultural Anthropology

IB Theatre

IB Theory of Knowledge

IB World Religions

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


Personal Finance

Philosophical Ethics


Political Science

PSAT Critical Reading

Public Speaking


SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in World History

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Verbal

SAT Writing and Language

Social Sciences

Spelling Bee


SSAT- Middle Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep


World History

World Religions


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