David earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, where he focused on philosophy of education. David enrolled at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy as the Ruth J. Simmons Fellow and earned his teaching license for all secondary sciences. He earned a master’s in adolescent education, with a teaching license in social studies, from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY in 2011. He then pursued his PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he also served as managing editor for the Comparative Education Review journal. David transferred to UAlbany in 2013 to pursue a PhD in Educational Policy & Leadership with a focus on eco-pedagogy, systems thinking, and their intersections with equity and justice. He has published book chapters as well as journal articles, on topics ranging from critical consciousness, critical civic literacy, inter-being, and eco-social resilience using alternative development methods such as permaculture.