Raised in Massachusetts, Sean went to college in Southern California. After several post-graduate years spent working in an independent bookstore (when those still existed) in Harvard Square, he came to Washington University for his PhD in history. His dissertation was on Stowe, the most important landscape garden in England—he analyzed the estate’s role as an icon of both fame and infamy in the eighteenth century and after. Prior to joining the College in 2004, he worked as a writer and editor. He’s also delivered newspapers, stocked produce, loaded and unloaded trucks, worked in a law firm, and been a landlord. He likes to cook, but it took him a long time before he was any good at it. He bought a fixer-upper house, and it’s taking him a long time to get any good at it, though he’s getting better.
Along with other roles at the College Office, Sean is director of student success, partnering with colleagues in the College and across campus to support students with difficulties or interruptions in their enrollment. The best part about working with students is getting to meet such a wide array of people from so many different places who have so many different interests, stories, and goals.