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I’m a blogger, a traveler, and perpetual language student.
I’ve lived in a concrete cube sans running water in rural Uganda, on top of a French restaurant called La Fontaine that was neither in France nor near a fountain, in a five-bedroom house in Lawrence, KS known for activism and weekly dirty literature readings, and in an apartment in St. Petersburg with a marble bidet.
I’ve worked as a freelance web designer for projects in the United States and Africa, an educational tour guide, and a math teacher. As a teenager I manned a French fry station at a fast food behemoth for three months, something statistics say one out of every ten Americans does at some point in his or her life. If that’s true, I saved nine of my countrypeople.
I currently research online freedom of expression and contribute to several other projects at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and write about Uganda and the technology for transparency movement for Global Voices Online. I have a Master of International Affairs from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, where I used to edit SIPA’s blog, The Morningside Post, and a Bachelor’s in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas.
Mikhail Gorbachev once told me I look like his granddaughter.