The Best American Travel WritingSelected work:
These Brazilians Traveled 18 Hours on a Riverboat to Vote. I Went with Them.
(originally published by Pacific Standard)
I'm an independent journalist committed to uncovering thought-provoking stories in overlooked places, from the Amazon to Zanzibar. My self-described beats: (1) women breaking barriers, (2) the legal fallout of climate change, and (3) Brazil.
My longform work has been featured on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek and the front page of the New York Times repeatedly. My writing for Pacific Standard will be included in The Best American Travel Writing 2019, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2019.
I was born in Turkey and raised on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Texas. Before journalism, I taught elementary school in Harlem and ran a hotel in Italy. I currently spend most of my time in Houston, New Orleans, and Rio de Janeiro.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in international politics and women's studies from Pomona College. My Juris Doctor is from The University of Texas School of Law, where I specialized in international environmental law with a focus on coastal environments.
I am fluent in English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. I'm obsessed with music (especially samba) and sports (especially the '93-'95 Rockets). I also know a lot about Carnaval and cheese.