My road to journalism has been a winding one.
In college, I fell in love with philosophy and naturally gravitated towards politics. I ended up in graduate school studying political theory. I can’t say my aim was to teach. I just loved reading the great books – and I became fascinated with political ideologies.
Why do we attach ourselves to these grand stories about History and Justice? What needs do they fulfill at the level of the individual? And how do our “ideas” about reality become more important than reality itself? These are the kinds of questions I tried to answer and if you’re into this kind of thing (and of course you are) you can read my dissertation here.
I finished graduate school in 2014 and quickly discovered that the academic job market was an utter hellscape. So I started blogging, mostly about politics and philosophy, and somehow ended up freelancing for various digital outlets like Salon and Slate. After 6 months or so, Salon offered me a full-time staff gig and thus began my official journalism career.
Since August 2016, I’ve been a writer at Vox. In addition to writing essays and long-form interviews, I’m now the Vox Conversations podcast. I have a book with University of Chicago Press (co-authored with Zac Gershberg) called The Paradox of Democracy and you should totally buy it!