about

I’m a writer, editor, and teacher in Boston. I like to think about books and ideas, knowledge and language, education and learning, writing and reasoning. I’m broadly interested in intellectual and cultural history across the sciences and humanities.

I was born on the Florida panhandle and grew up in Georgia, but except for a summer in New York City, I’ve lived in the Boston area since 2005. The first person in my extended family to graduate from college, I studied theoretical mathematics, literature, and philosophy at MIT and Harvard, graduating with two bachelor’s degrees in 2010. In the spring of 2017 I spent a semester doing graduate work at Harvard in intellectual history and the philosophy and the history of science. Most of my technical coursework has been in the mathematical foundations of theoretical physics and in the philosophy of language, logic, and science.

I came to college interested in everything but thinking of myself as an aspiring scientist. I’ve done work in biomedical engineering (building nanoparticles for cancer imaging and therapy), molecular immunology (probing the biological activity of misshaped proteins), cognitive neuroscience (exploring the neurological basis of visual word recognition using fMRI), and natural language processing (for a project on the computational modeling of narrative and discourse) in laboratories at NASA, the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

After college, I developed a private tutoring practice and spent four months as an editorial intern at Boston Review. I rejoined the magazine as an assistant and associate editor from 2013 to 2017, and then again in 2018, after visiting at Harvard, as senior editor. I work on a wide range of writing, from book reviews and literary and cultural criticism to fiction, poetry, and long-form essays on politics, philosophy, economics, science, and culture. I also served as the in-house editor of BR’s books series with MIT Press; I’ve edited three books of nonfiction and co-edited a chapbook of poetry. I offer freelance nonfiction editing for both general and technical audiences.

To follow what I’m reading, remembering, or regretting not having read, check out my scrapbook and reading lists.