Riley grew up in Newport Beach, before moving to attend San Diego State University. There, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in history. Currently, Riley is in the process of obtaining his master’s degree. His area of focus is Victorian Britain, particularly how it intersected with American history. Riley is an accomplished tutor with over ten years of experience aiding students in a wide variety of subjects, including history, English, and SAT/ACT prep. His hobbies include reading historical fiction, writing, and tabletop gaming.