John has taught writing, reporting and comparative literature at schools that include the University of Washington Seattle, the University of Denver, the University of Southern California and the University of Paris Dauphine. He studied history as an undergraduate and graduate student at Marquette University. He also studied painting and art history and completed coursework for a PhD in history at Indiana University Bloomington. He was a reporter for a United Nations war crimes commission in the 1990s and has been an editor and journalist for many years. So, how best to approach history with young people? “It has to be clear that what you’re talking about with them has to do with every one of us all the time and that history and art and literature are one thing,” John says. “Also, YouTube helps.”
John has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Paris, Los Angeles and Boulder—all very good places to get some thinking done.