things done and in progress


With Hafsa Mazahim. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photo by David Flores. 2019.

Doctor of Philosophy, Comparative Literature
UC Irvine, in progress

MASTER OF JOURNALISM, narrative writing
UC Berkeley, May 2019

BACHELOR OF ART IN ENGLISH, creative writing
Mills College, summa cum laude, May 2016


Fulbright U.S. Student Scholar // The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board // As a Fulbright scholar to Sri Lanka, I am reading literature from two recent periods, searching out the ways in which communities divided along ethnic, religious, and ideological lines have come together.

Pulitzer Center “Beyond War” Fellow // The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting // As one of The Pulitzer Center’s “Beyond War” fellows in 2018, I researched and reported on literary reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka, focusing on the Write to Reconcile program led by Shyam Selvadurai, Nayomi Munaweera and Ameena Hussein. The piece I wrote after finishing my reporting is online here.

Graduate Student Instructor // American Studies, UC Berkeley // As a graduate student instructor at Cal, I led students in their discussion sections and supported their learning in class. I used a range of methods to engage students, from quizzes, to group work, to creative writing assignments. I was responsible for participation, attendance, paper assignments and grading, as well as holding regular office hours.

Writer // Literary Hub, BOMB, BUST, Catapult, Gulf Coast, Narratively and other publications // I write book reviews, profiles of artists, essays, short fiction, author interviews, and copy for podcast episodes, social media, and related articles.

Managing Editor // The Rational Online // The Rational Online is an international online magazine that advocates for women’s rights. We published our inaugural collection in November 2018. As the managing editor, I hired an editorial staff, edited every piece published in our first three collections, connected writers with section editors, took care of typos in post, and completed a range of other tasks.

Freelance Fact Checker // Via Magazine // At Via, I checked names, dates, locations, distances, and all factual statements in assigned articles appearing in Via Magazine and on their blog.

Reporter // Oakland North // While at Oakland North, I covered bias in policing, the Trump administration’s birth control rules, an in-custody death, and quite a few other stories, using a range of media.

Arts & Culture Editor // Entropy // At Entropy, I sought work by contributors who had thought deeply about the subject they’d chosen to cover, and whose writing conveyed that depth.

Teaching Apprentice // Solano Community College // As a TA at Solano, I worked closely with English professors to learn pedagogy, grading essays and other work, preparing short lectures, and guiding students to comprehension of difficult subject matter.

Embedded Tutor // Solano Community College // I was selected by two professors to TA in Algebra I classes. I supported approximately 60 students with in-class homework help by organizing study groups, presenting concepts alongside the teacher in class, and providing test preparation guidance.

Tutor // Solano Community College // I tutored college freshmen and sophomores in English, Math, Human Biology, and Nutrition, meeting with 20 students per week for 1-hour appointments.