Timothy Nunan: Top 30 Under 30 Thinker

Pacific Standard

Timothy Nunan grew up in Palos Verdes, an ocean-side suburb of Los Angeles. Most who graduate from the private high school he went to, Chadwick, stay in or near California for college. His decision to cross the country to go to Princeton University turned out to be pivotal.

“When I went to the East Coast,” Nunan says, “nomadism became the standard for me. I was often perplexed by students who had never been further west than Pennsylvania and viewed California as a foreign country. I had already traveled a long way and yet could feel at home in New Jersey. Over the long run, perhaps, that’s given me a sense that ‘home’ can be anywhere—that taking your local world as the default one should be questioned.”

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