I'm an award-winning journalist reporting on religion and extremism for Newsweek in New York. I previously worked as a reporter and subeditor for the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia, and as a reporting fellow covering energy and cybersecurity for the Christian Science Monitor in Washington DC. I was also a contributing editor for United Explanations, a multi-lingual online publication that covers international affairs. 

I frequently write about foreign policy, international affairs, politics, global development, gender, religion, energy and environment, technology, and cybersecurity. 

I am especially interested in explaining complex social systems – including governments, conflicts, migration patters, and social movements – for a general audience. I never pass up the opportunity to tell a good story, and I always strive to cover underreported issues, events, places, and communities. 

My work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, the Washington Postthe Huffington Post, Pacific StandardBustlethe Institute for War and Peace Reporting, the Diplomat, News Deeply, ViceOpen Democracy, EurasianetMic.com, Muftah Magazine, and World Politics Review, among others. 

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a graduate of the University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European studies, I enjoy black coffee, German philosophy, and cross-country train travel. Besides the United States, I've lived in Central America, Central Asia, Western Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Southeast Asia, and the United Kingdom. I speak English, Spanish, and Serbo-Croation, and I’m always working to improve my Russian language skills.

Feel free to reach out with story ideas, assignments, media requests, or just to have a chat. You can also see some pictures from my work and adventures in the slideshow below, or check out my fortnightly newsletter with updates on my life and work.