John is a native of southwestern Pennsylvania, but received his BS in the Recording Industry from Middle Tennessee State University where he minored in French, Mathematics and Electro-Acoustics. During his studies at MTSU, he participated in an exchange program and interned as an engineer for France Bleu Cotentin. After graduating he was a language assistant at Lycée Boissy d’Anglas in Annonay, France. During his travels, John nourished a taste for the culinary world and a strong interest in colonial politics and post-colonial identity. After working in the culinary field for several years, he decided to resume his studies and graduated from Arizona State University with his BA in French and is currently examining the rural and urban spaces affect the figuration of Algerian national identity and nationalism in Algerian literature of French expression.