I’m a features writer, film photographer, and dual US/Italian citizen. I’m at home in the countryside of Piedmont, or the heart of Los Angeles.

My writing is influenced by my training in cultural 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, Digest Journal, and more. I publish a newsletter of short stories and photos at Art of the Escape. I am also the current editor of The Preserve Journal.

I’ve worked, lived and studied in the U.S., Europe and Australia. I received my PhD in anthropology from The University of Sydney, (ranked #24 globally), an M.A. in gastronomy/food culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences, an M.A. in applied anthropology from Macquarie University, and my B.A. from Greenville College.

As an anthropologist, I use ethnographic methods and theories to study daily life, practices and beliefs. I’ve done field research in various locals across the US, Europe, and Australia.