University of Chicago, Committee on Social Thought: Ph.D., December 1993: “A Rhetoric of Silence: Self-Representation and the Distrust of Words in the Novel of Sensibility”

  • Committee on Social Thought: M.A. exams passed December 1990, with unanimous distinction: Aristotle, Boethius, Adam Smith, Jane Austen, and Thomas Mann

  • Committee on Comparative Studies in Literature: M.A., August 1991: “The Rhetoric of Ruins: Fragmentation in Goethe and Sterne”

Middlebury College: Summer 1989, Advanced Japanese intensive course

Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg, West Germany: 1987-1988; DAAD (Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst) year studying German literature, philosophy, and anthropology

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan: 1985-1986, Japanese language and literature

The Colorado College: B.A., summa cum laude, May 1987

Major: Honors in Liberal Arts & Science (Comparative Literature and Political Philosophy): “Rebellion, Irony and Conversation: Camus, Mann, and Oakeshott and their Reactions to the Conflict of Reason and Tradition in the Twentieth Century”; Minor: East Asian Studies

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