Selected work: These Brazilians Traveled 18 Hours on a Riverboat to Vote. I Went with Them. (originally published by Pacific Standard)
I'm excited to say that I have been hired by Bloomberg to be their new Economy & Government Editor for Latin America. I will eventually be based in Brasília helping the excellent Bloomberg team cover the ups and downs of the region. Go to Bloomberg and search Brazil to see our work.
I'm a 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. I like to use my law degree to dig deep into complex issues.
My longform work has been featured on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek and the front page of the New York Times repeatedly. My writing is included in The Best American Travel Writing 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.