About Me

Havana, 2018

I write about outsiders, primarily covering education, immigration, and identity. My work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, Guernica, Harper’s Magazine, Ms., National Geographic, The New York Times, NPR, and The Washington Post Magazine. I am currently working on a proposal for a reported book on American Christianity, represented by Justin Brouckaert at Aevitas Creative.

Before becoming a journalist, I taught elementary school in Boston and Guatemala’s Western Highlands. I have a BA in Anthropology from Harvard College and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. I have studied writing at the Yale Writers’ Workshop, the Tin House Workshop, and the Sewanee Writers’ Workshop as a Tennessee Williams Fellow in Non-Fiction.

I live in Brooklyn.

Feel free to contact me at emilyrkap [at] gmail.com. To send highly sensitive information, e-mail me at my encrypted address: emilykaplan [at] protonmail.com.


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