About Me

I’m a writer living in New York City. As a journalist, I write about outsiders—including immigrants, religious minorities, and children—and am interested in the ways that systemic forces impact the lives of everyday people. My investigative and longform reporting has been published in outlets including (in alphabetical order) The Atlantic, Edutopia, Guernica, Harper’s, The Hechinger Report, Ms., National Geographic, The New York Times, NPR, Pipe Wrench, the Washington Post, and the Washington Post Magazine. As an essayist, I’m particularly interested in the ways we understand subjectivity, and what it means for something to be “true.”

My work has received support from organizations including the Yale Writers’ Workshop, Tin House, Sewanee (where I was a Tennessee Williams scholar in non-fiction), Bread Loaf, The International Women’s Media Foundation, and the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford. I also have edited journalism, social media, and academic work for a range of organizations and companies.

In a prior life, I earned an M.Ed. in elementary curriculum and instruction, and taught kindergarten, first, and second grade in greater Boston and in the Western Highlands of Guatemala (where I became fluent in Spanish.) I have a BA in anthropology from Harvard College, and I am in love with photography, playing classical piano, and wandering New York City in search of very spicy vegan food. I’m a native Californian who’s almost—just almost—gotten used to northeastern winters.

I am currently simultaneously at work on two projects: a reported book of nonfiction about contemporary Christianity, and a collection of personal essays. I am open to representation.