Kyrgyz commute

EDUCATION

  • Master's degree in Russia, Eurasia, and East Europe Studies at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. Graduated 2015.
  • Rice University, Houston, TX, Bachelor's degree in English, Bachelor's degree in Sport Management. Graduated 2010.
  • Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, July-Dec. 2008.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Freelance Writer, Researcher, Consultant, New York, NY
Aug. 2013-Present

  • Clips include articles and analyses published with Foreign PolicyThe AtlanticThe New RepublicPOLITICO Magazine, Hudson Institute's Kleptocracy Initiative, Sports Illustrated, Quartz, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, openDemocracy, GuardianWorld Politics Review, Al Jazeera, SlateThe Daily Beast, Roads & KingdomsWashington Post, Talking Points Memo, EurasiaNet, Houston ChronicleJamestownMoscow Times, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Business Insider, and appearances on BBC, NPR, DW, Canal+, SiriusXM, Radio France Internationale, and in The Economist; author of The Diplomat's "Crossroads Asia" vertical, and contributor to The Diplomat' s monthly magazine

  • Regional consultancy or editing work for organizations including: Nuclear Threat Initiative, Freedom House, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, United States Institute of Peace, Center on Global Interests, Christian Science Monitor’s Monitoring Global Outlook

International Crisis Group, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Research Intern
June 2014 - Aug. 2014

  • Examined and researched social and demographic trends within Central Asia, pinpointing and clarifying potential threats and weaknesses within infrastructure, inter-government relations, and inter-ethnic tensions; wrote for official International Crisis Group blog; contributed in-depth research, including conducting interviews and covering Central Asian media, for full-length International Crisis Group reports

Houston Press, Houston, TX
Reporting Fellow
Jan. 2013-July 2013

  • Covered local and state politics for Village Voice-owned Houston Press, including coverage of educational policy, demographic shifts, and faith-based trends in Texas
  • Wrote or co-wrote five cover stories for the Press, including in-depth investigations into corruption in the Texas Air National Guard, lack of best practices within Houston Police Department, analysis of gambling legislation, and creationist tendencies within Texas school systems
  • Added fluency in public records recall and FOIA requests to knowledge of PACER court systems 

Talking Points Memo, New York, NY
Fellow                   
June 2012-Nov. 2012

  • Aggregated and created polling structures for TPM's PollTracker, a service used, among others, by Yahoo! and Google to track legislative and executive polling 
  • Monitored and maintained TPM's international coverage via our iterative LiveWire

Peace Corps Volunteer, Presnovka, Northern Kazakhstan
English Teacher
March-Nov. 2011

  • Planned and implemented English language curriculum for Kazakhstani students in 5th-10th grades; led Teacher Trainings for local Kazakhstani English teachers to enhance curriculum and improve teaching methods; organized and led six hours’ worth of weekly clubs, with topics ranging from film to journalism to debate; organized and led a week-long English summer camp, with activities covering sports, arts, and grammar
  • Certified to teach English as foreign language through TOEFL training
  • Due to political and security concerns, Peace Corps ended its operations in Kazakhstan in Nov. 2011

Sports Illustrated, New York, NY
Editorial Intern    
June-Aug. 2009

  • Wrote multiple pieces, including profile of Houston Rockets’ Aaron Brooks and examination of the struggles of Portland, Ore., to obtain Major League Soccer franchise; reported on and fact-checked numerous stories, ranging from college football preview issue to several baseball and basketball columns; conducted interviews for Scorecard features

The Rice Thresher, Houston, TX
Editor-in-Chief/Sports Editor/Reporter/Columnist
Sept. 2006-May 2010

  • Managed and directed all sections and staff of nearly 50 students, including both content and business operations
  • While Editor-in-Chief, the Thresher received more local and national awards than at any point in its century-long history, including an “All-American” rating from Associated College Press, its highest honors, with Marks of Distinction in four categories: Leadership; Coverage & Content; Photos, Art & Graphics; and Layout & Design; I received 2009 National Finalist honors from Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in Sports Writing, as well as first place from SPJ for Sports Column Writing and Sports Writing in Texas/Oklahoma region
  • Covered nationally-ranked men’s tennis team at Rice University, and contributed to coverage of eight other teams, including nationally-ranked baseball team; gained fluency in InDesign; wrote both “The Rice Thresher Editor-in-Chief guide” and “The Rice Thresher Sports Writer’s Style Guide”
  • The Thresher has been the official newspaper of Rice University since 1916, has a weekly readership of over 10,000