I am an anthropologist and writer based in northern Italy. Originally from Illinois, I work in UX research while doing freelance work on the side. My writing is influenced by my training in anthropology as well as my interest in adventure, travel, society and culture. I’ve written for Monocle, The Guardian, Roads & Kingdoms, The Art of Eating, Vice, Bon Appetit, Petits Propos Culinaires, Gastronomica, Food & Foodways, and Digest Journal, and more. I write a newsletter of short stories and photos at Art of the Escape.
My past academic research and writing centered on the lived experience of tech workers, particularly their experience with programs of care, and anthropological theories of value. I am most interested in stories about the social and cultures lives of employees, and life inside companies and corporations.
As an anthropologist, I use ethnographic methods and theories to study daily life, practices and beliefs. I’ve done field research in various cities in the US, Europe, and Australia. For my dissertation, I conducted over 13 months of ethnographic fieldwork embedded inside two tech companies in San Francisco and London.
My most recent project and forthcoming book, Feeding the Hustle, considers the effects of free food on the hustle culture primarily in the tech industry.
I’ve worked, lived and studied in the U.S., Europe and Australia and received my Ph.D. from The University of Sydney, an M.A. from the University of Gastronomic Sciences and Macquarie University, and my B.A. from Greenville College.