Ben is a lifelong learner and dedicated teacher, eager to share his passions for reading and writing with others. He received his BA with Distinction in English and History from Stanford University in 2016, where his honors thesis was awarded the Golden Medal and Kennedy Thesis Prize for best undergraduate thesis in the Humanities. Now, he is a fourth-year PhD student in Art History at the University of Chicago. His current research focuses on the ways that patrons in medieval Castile-Len attempted to interpret, represent, or edit history through the creation, destruction, or forgery of historical and historicizing monuments. His research has been supported by a Beinecke Scholarship, a Mellon Mays Fellowship, a Ryerson Scholarship, and various institutional grants.
Ben has been helping students engage with the humanities and find their voice in writing for over eight years. In undergrad, he served as a writing tutor for both Stanford's Hume Center for Writing and its Structured Liberal Education program. He also offered college essay coaching to local high school students and, as a volunteer with 826 Valencia, helped underprivileged students in San Francisco to express themselves creatively through writing. In graduate school, Ben has continued to teach, serving as a course assistant and writing intern for various undergraduate art history courses. His favorite part of teaching and tutoring is seeing students' confidence grow. With fun lessons, positive reinforcement, and open-ended discussions, he has helped his students trust in their ideasand has learned a lot from their insights. "Everyone in the classroom can be a student, teacher, and critical thinker," Ben says when asked about his teaching philosophy. "My role as a writing coach is not to tell a student how or what I think they should write, but rather to help them express what they want to say as effectively and authentically as possible."
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Stanford University - Bachelor in Arts, English
Graduate Degree: University of Chicago - Doctor of Philosophy, Art History, Criticism, and Conservation
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1550
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 800
GRE Verbal Reasoning: 165
Ben grew up playing saxophone and piano. He continues to play when he has time and is always on the search for new music. He also loves to cook, read for pleasure (though he rarely has the time!), ride his bike, and watch movies with his roommates.
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Writing