John studied comparative literature and mathematics as an undergrad. He returned to school intent on getting a PhD in comparative literature, but ended up auditing math classes for fun and, eventually, teaching for the math department at Indiana University. He’s been teaching math ever since. In his spare time he endeavors to keep a handle on his chess addiction by riding his bike for long distances as often as possible. He’s circumnavigated Lake Michigan twice and has even pedaled his way from Chicago to New Orleans.