John Whalen is the Humanities Program Manager for the Yale Young Global Scholars Program. In 2020, John will receive his Ph.D. in English Literature from Tufts University. His dissertation uses continental philosophy to examine inoperative communities in late medieval and early-modern English literature. Before joining the leadership team, John had worked as a YYGS instructor for five summers. Before beginning his doctorate, John taught high school and middle school English and History in New Jersey, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Connecticut. John also has a B.S. in International Environmental Studies from Rutgers University.