For my undergraduate studies, I went to Cornell University, where I was a College Scholar and majored in information science. My thesis combined elements of history, psychology, and documentary film in a project about Confederate flag symbolism in Northern states. But much of my time was devoted to The Cornell Daily Sun, America’s oldest independent college daily, where I served as editor-in-chief during my senior year.

After catching the journalism bug, I went to D.C. and landed a position at NPR Digital helping to develop its podcast initiatives — way before they were cool — while dashing off the occasional TV review. After that, I was a reporter for the great Inside Higher Ed. (In retrospect, my interests haven’t changed that much.) I spent most of 2009 as a Fulbright scholar in Bucharest, Romania, where I followed Twitter revolutions from up close and plotted my transition to the place I’d been writing about with such interest: academia. During my time at graduate school, I spent a summer at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard and I was part of the CBS News decision team for the 2014 midterm election. I received my Ph.D. in 2015 from Columbia University.

In the off hours, you might find me playing board games, exploring uncharted areas of Brooklyn, or at the local independent cinema absorbing a long and subtitled art film.