I have no "ideal type." In fact, I appreciate eclecticism in both people and tastes. I like people and things that inspire my curiosity and wonder. This includes, among other things, greek yogurt; a healthy sarcasm; an appreciation of the absurd; traveling in ways that are not truly dangerous but most would consider a bit risky; thunderstorms (particularly at night); drinking tea; excellent taste in literature and the arts (you will not find works like "The Tipping Point" or "Collapse" on my bookshelf. Sorry to the fans out there.)
While I hate to define myself by my work, I am a PhD student at Stanford studying modern Kenyan history. I used to teach high school at an independent school in St. Louis (I enjoyed teaching the kids far more than navigating the bureaucracy). I live in San Francisco and will be going to Kenya in September 2010 for my field research.
I find that I waver between the obliviously naive and the intensely cynical. I am a very loyal friend and believe in helping your kin (in the extended sense). My humor is deeply sarcastic/ironic; I love to laugh, tease, and be teased; and I need someone who can keep up with me--someone who is unconventional in their thinking, but who believes in the conventions of a relationship.
I am open to dating older men. I happen to love children and I hope that my lifestyle will allow me to have them one day. Most of all, I want to be with someone who is kind and will be able to challenge me--intellectually and emotionally.