Professional Experience

Freelance Journalist (2011 – Present)

New York, Paris, Washington, D.C.

Critic, award-winning memoirist, opinion writer, and essayist specializing in culture and politics. Bylines in Longreads, New York, The Washington Post, The Baffler, DNAInfo, The Week, Bloomberg, The Washingtonian, Washington City Paper, LA Review of Books, BuzzFeed, The Life Sentence, and HyperVocal. Placed hundreds of pieces in a wide variety of publications, including a pop culture first-aid kit and a literary travel column (adapted to a podcast); from This American Life’s glimpse into my reporting to stories of real New York weddings.

 

Staff Writer (3/2010 – 5/2013)

CQ Roll Call, Washington, D.C.

Deeply sourced Hill reporter with investigative chops. Lead writer for a daily print column and blog detailing the absurdity of Capitol Hill, its lawmakers and staffers. Over 1000 bylines in three years; filed deadline-driven copy that crackled with humor and insight. Senior features writer responsible for pitching daily and weekly stories about Washington’s art and culture, as well as book, theater, and art reviews.

Deputy Editor (1/2009 – 3/2010)

CQ Roll Call’s BillTrack, Washington, D.C.

Managed and edited reporters to ensure that their accounts of the legislative action and procedure in both U.S. House and Senate were accurate and timely. Delivered performance evaluations and feedback. Assisted with hiring and training staff and professional development.

Floor Reporter (8/2008 – 1/2009)

CQ Roll Call’s BillTrack, Washington, D.C.

Reported all legislative action and procedural maneuvers in both chambers of the U.S. Congress. Collected, coded, and published legislative data, amendments and bill information in real time, from gavel-to-gavel.   

Policy Analyst (2006 – 2007)

World Bank Group, Washington, D.C.

Author, researcher, and peer reviewer for reports that focused on the gender dimension of the Bank’s country policy in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as WBG’s private sector portfolio.

Education

  • Nonfiction, MFA, Goucher College, 2015

  • Gender and Social Policy, MSc., London School of Economics and Political Science, 2006

  • Government and Politics, BA., University of Maryland, College Park

Awards

  • Nonfiction Fellow, New York Foundation for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts, 2017

  • Christine White Award for Literary Memoir, 2015

  • Julia Rogers Award for Research, 2015

Personal Interests

Habitual hobbyist who reads promiscuously; embroiders cushions, handkerchiefs, and pillowcases; scours thrift stores; volunteers with immigrants and the elderly; watches too much television, and listens to podcasts about old murders, alt-comedy, good TV, and bad movies.