As a student of culture and writer, and a photographer turned media maker, I’m fascinated by the ways visual and interactive storytelling can create connections to new ideas, places, practices, and states of being. I’ve written about art, culture, technology, and travel—with a particular emphasis on stories about cities, science fiction, and the environment. After an AB from the University of Chicago in Literature and Photography, I worked as a travel journalist and web content specialist in New York, and earned an MA from New York University in Media, Culture, and Communication. I’ve just finished a PhD in Urban Sociology at UC Santa Cruz, with an emphasis in Film & Digital Media.
My writing has appeared in publications from Condé Nast Traveler to Slate and Gizmodo, and I’ve worked on and created interactive projects for the Guggenheim Museum, the National Parks Service, and various research and university initiatives at UC Santa Cruz. I’ve also shot, edited, and worked as story consultant on several short films, and continue to pursue still photography both professionally and as a personal practice.
I’m a second-generation third-culture kid and have been traveling my whole life, including stretches living in Hong Kong, the UK, and France. I’m a New Yorker by birth, though, and the one consistent place in my life has been a family summer cabin in the Adirondack Mountains, where I learned a love of wild places from an early age. I’ve been hiking and camping since childhood, and over the years have added cycling, backpacking, surfing, snowboarding, and rock climbing to the ways I interact with the world. I’m passionate about inclusion in and access to the outdoors—the world is for everyone to experience just as they are. I live in Los Angeles, where I split my time between the San Gabriel Mountains, central LA, and the Pacific.