I’m a journalist from Sydney, Australia and I live in the Iowa City area. Until January 2019, I was the founding Deputy Opinion Editor at HuffPost.
Our Opinion section was influential, highly-trafficked, and diverse. I edited and published work by high profile writers and thinkers like Carol Anderson, Jamil Smith, Mychal Denzel Smith, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Natalie Hopkinson, and Jessica Luther — and columns by first-time writers and experts from a wide range of fields. Before launching the Opinion section, I spent two years as HuffPost’s Senior Front Page Editor.
My writing about politics and pop culture has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, Marie Claire, and The New Republic. Until 2014, I was a Senior Columnist at Feministing, the world’s most-read feminist publication, where I blogged about gender, politics, pop culture, and body image.
I am a Facilitator and Senior Fellowship Leader at The OpEd Project. The OpEd Project is a social venture founded to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world. Its goal is to increase the number of underrepresented voices contributing to key commentary forums—which feed all other media, and drive thought leadership across all industries. The OpEd Project envisions a world in which the best ideas, regardless of where or whom they come from, will have a chance to be heard and shape society and the world. Through The OpEd Project, I’ve taught at Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, and Emory universities, and in cities across the U.S.
I have a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales and a BA in Sociology from Princeton University. My academic work focused on Hollywood romantic comedies; my doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power. You can read it here, if you really want to.
I am proud to be represented by JL Stermer at New Leaf Literary.