About

I am an independent journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa, covering sub-Saharan Africa for The Christian Science Monitor and other publications. My reporting interests skew long, narrative, and offbeat, with a particular interest in Africa's cities and its migrants.  I have reported from nearly a dozen African countries, and you can find my work in The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Atlantic CityLabForeignPolicy.com, The Daily Beast, The Chronicle of Higher EducationAl Jazeera, U.S. News and World Report, and The Guardian, among others. Since 2015, I have been a fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation's Africa Great Lakes reporting initiative. I am also a former Fulbright fellow to South Africa (2011/12), an International Reporting Project fellow to Sierra Leone (2016), and a Wits China-Africa fellow to Lesotho (2016). 

My first book, A Native of Nowhere: The Life of Nat Nakasa, which chronicles the life and untimely death of a young South African writer, was published by Jacana Media in September 2013.  

I hold a Masters in African Studies from the University of Oxford and a Bachelors in history from Duke University, and I am originally from Denver, Colorado -- that's one of the square ones in the middle, for those of you non-Americans keeping score. I enjoy Ethiopian food, long train rides, and running slowly over flat surfaces. So now you know.