I'm a writer and journalist focused on the collision of people, language, and culture. I'm keenly interested in the way bias shapes our decisions and actions, and in power and patterns of thinking. My book THE END OF BIAS: A BEGINNING is coming out in May of 2020 from Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books. The book traces the science and psychology of “unconscious bias” and evidence-based approaches to mitigating its harm. My writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Slate, The New Republic, Salon, and Best New Poets 2015.
Along the way, I worked as a business consultant, advising brands including Nike, Cheerios, Thinsulate, American Public Media, General Mills, Lean Cuisine, United Way, 3M, and Nubian Heritage, as well as major healthcare organizations and national non-profits supporting a range of social causes.
I've also worked as a sketch comedy writer for A Prairie Home Companion and a radio producer for On Being with Krista Tippett. In the toddler years of the 21st century, I co-created Literary Friendships, a radio show that won a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television. And back, way back, when TLC rejected all scrubs and "Tubthumping" blared from every boombox, I spent two years at MIT before receiving my B.A. in physics from Harvard University. I later earned my M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.