I currently oversee the Andrew W. Mellon Seminar on Migration and the Humanities at Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center, where I curate and convene public and academic programs. I’ve organized events with a wide range of writers, scholars, and artists, including multimedia artist Bouchra Khalili, writers Alma Guillermoprieto, Hilton Als, Masha Gessen, and New York Times journalist Patrick Kingsley.
I’m a cultural historian by training. I write about how things work—in art and culture, science and medicine—and sometimes in my own life. My bylines have appeared in The Awl, The New York Times, The Rumpus, The Washington Post Magazine, and Afterimage, among others.
I also help thinking people and the organizations they lead find the right words to reach their audiences and clients. I’ve written everything from thank-you notes to eBooks to speeches. On the business side, I know my way around project timelines, executive summaries, gap analyses, and infographics. On the academic side, I’ve edited book and article manuscripts in art history, astrophysics, intellectual history, and political science.
Credential-wise: My PhD is from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and I was a postdoctoral fellow at Brown’s Pembroke Center. I went to college at Oberlin. For a long time I taught American Studies and American Art—in History and Literature at Harvard (where I received the Stephen A. Botein Teaching Prize and was a Mellon-Mays mentor), Tufts, and Colby College, and taught writing at Harvard, MIT, and Boston University. My work on photography has been supported by an individual fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. I’ve studied creative nonfiction with Jane Brox, Patricia Hampl, and Vivian Gornick (at Breadloaf), and I’ve had residencies at Hewnoaks in Maine and Craigardan in the Adirondacks.