John received his B.A. in English literature from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, while also majoring in philosophy and German studies. He wrote his senior thesis on Moby-Dick. After working as a Fulbright ETA in Saarland upon graduation, he attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he earned an M.A. in German studies. During a year abroad in Marburg, John’s interest in phenomenology opened his eyes to the riches of Catholic theology, especially the works of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Ferdinand Ulrich. John’s current project employs the methods of theological aesthetics and phenomenology—e.g. Husserl, Gadamer, Merleau-Ponty, and Marion—to address 19th and 20th century poetry. His special focus is the poetics of the image in writers such as Joseph von Eichendorff, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, and Rainer Maria Rilke.