Glad to meet you! Here’s why I do what I do.

I’m fascinated by communication across barriers: linguistic, cultural, physical. Whether I’m writing about adoptive parenting, editing a translated Ukrainian history , or producing a radio piece about birdsong, I construct a narrative that carries readers through a landscape of new information.

I’m always learning. As a National Merit Scholar at Brown University, I majored in Cognitive Science and graduated with honors. I then pursued a Masters in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, conducting research on human speech perception and cognitive development. My final degree is a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College. In 2012, I became certified to teach English as a foreign language. I continue to expand my professional expertise by seeking out classes to take, conferences to attend, and experts with whom to study.

I like adventure. In addition to my career in speech research, I’ve worked as a music librarian, a women’s health counselor, and a software quality assurance engineer. I’ve volunteered at home as a farmhand and in the Amazon as a pharmacy tech.