Things done & in progress

Education


I’m about to begin work on my PhD in Comparative Literature at UC Irvine this summer. I plan to focus on Tamil literature and culture wrought in Sri Lanka and throughout the diaspora.

MASTER OF JOURNALISM, narrative writing focus (2017-2019)
University of California, Berkeley | Berkeley, CA
Dean’s Merit Fellow

With Hafsa Mazahim after our interview in Colombo. Photo by David Flores. 2019.

BACHELOR OF ART IN ENGLISH, creative writing focus (2014-2016)
Mills College | Oakland, CA
Dean’s Scholar
Summa cum laude, May 2016


Work experience


“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.