After spending time at Occidental College, Rider Strong graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 2004 with a B.A. in English. He then went on to get an M.F.A. at Bennington College, graduating in June 2009. He 2013, he created Literary Disco, a literary podcast and blog, and he continues to act. The same year, he married actress Alexandra Barreto, with whom he welcomed his first child, son Indy, in 2014. Most recently, Rider reprised his role as Shawn Hunter on "Girl Meets World," the Disney channel spinoff of his old show.