Over the past 15 years, I have worked as an editor and a writer in the field of
I was the editor of the research, academic publishing, and faculty sections of
The Chronicle of Higher Education between 2003 to 2008.
I was the founding editor of UMBC Magazine at the University of Maryland,
Baltimore County. The publication won numerous awards for content and
design during my tenure (2008-2016), including a national bronze medal for
general excellence in 2013 from the Council for Advancement and Support of
Education (CASE), which placed our publication in the top eight university
magazines in the U.S. that year. UMBC Magazine also a regional gold medal
from CASE in 2012, and Awards of Excellence every year from 2009 through
2013 from the University & College Designers Association (UCDA).
I write extensively across disciplines for a wide range of university
publications, including Peabody Magazine, Hopkins Medicine, Maryland Carey Law, Johns Hopkins University Arts & Sciences, Johns Hopkins Engineering, Johns Hopkins Public Health, Global Collaborative Healthcare, and Carey Business Magazine.
I also have significant experience integrating first-rate communications skills with broader university initiatives, including online campaigns, and the creation of video content. (See below in Higher Education Communications.)
Higher Education Journalism
Can the Concert Hall Be Reimagined? (Peabody Magazine)
The renovation of Peabody Institute's famed Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall
sparks a discussion about the place of musical performance spaces in a
radically shifting environment of audience and performer expectations.
A Noteworthy Endeavor (Hopkins Medicine)
The Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine is an ambitious new
interdisciplinary effort to investigate the powerful connections between music
Speak and Save (Johns Hopkins Public Health)
What happens in countries where vital statistics don't capture details of deaths as they occur? Researchers use "verbal autopsies" to fill in these crucial gaps in public health knowledge.
Du Bois for Today (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Oxford W.E.B. Du Bois reveals an arc to the pioneering author's career, from the formal scholarly works of his early years to a trenchant blend of history, memoir, and polemic.
Filling in the "Blank Generation" (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Why punk icon Richard Hell stiffed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and sold his papers to a groundbreaking archive of New York's Downtown 70s scene at New York University.
The Battle for Jacques Derrida (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
A tug of war between The University of California, Irvine and a French institution over the papers of the father of deconstruction ends up in court.
Higher Education Communications
During my tenure at UMBC, my duties also included involvement in larger campus and alumni communications efforts, most notably centered on the university's 50th anniversary in 2016. In addition to helping shape messages about the anniversary, and forging collaborations with academic leaders, faculty, staff, and alumni on event planning, I wrote and produced videos. Two of these productions are below. I wrote and co-produced the UMBC 50 video in collaboration with UMBC's Imaging Research Center. I wrote and produced the Retriever Stories video, working with Baltimore's Hartlove-Goodyear.