I’m a journalist and writer based in New York City, where I am a regular contributor to the Atlantic. Previously, I served as the founding editor of the Atlantic‘s China Channel, a former section on the website devoted to the country. I have also edited Global and Education content for the publication, and have written articles on global news, entertainment, sports, politics, and other subjects. In addition to my work for the Atlantic, I served as an International Affairs Writer for the International Business Times and have contributed to the New Republic, the Daily Beast, the Huffington Post, and numerous other publications.
Prior to becoming a journalist, I spent six years in China, where I worked as a teacher, freelance writer, translator, and research analyst. During my time there, I traveled throughout 15 Chinese provinces and administrative regions and learned to speak and read Mandarin Chinese fluently. Upon returning to the United States in 2010, I obtained a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, where I specialized in international security, East Asia, and media. I contributed to the Morningside Post and Journal of International Affairs, publications associated with the school.
I am a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. I spent one of my college years as an exchange student in Padua, Italy, and still speak Italian fluently—especially while drinking wine. In addition to my interest in journalism, China, and international news, I am an avid moviegoer, baseball fan, foodie, and bookworm who will never get used to wintry mix.