I’m a writer, editor, and anthropologist.
I’ve written about the history and culture of the home cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms for Wired, a book review of Entangled Life for the Los Angeles Review of Books, and about the history of the word “entheogen” for Double Blind. I was the lead editor, as well as a contributor, to an online series on the psychedelic revival for the Society for Cultural Anthropology.
Besides writing, I’ve had lots of jobs. I was an on-call researcher for the Exploratorium; a tea-monger at Blue Willow, a lovely tea shop in North Berkeley; a communications consultant/anthropologist-in-residence at MycoWorks, the biomaterial start-up making leather out of mycelium; and a researcher at Dovetail Labs, a consultancy specializing in the ethical questions raised by AI. Before grad school, I was a program manager at the JCCSF. And before that, I worked in various offices, from a coffee roaster to a mall developer to a bi-national “village of peace” in Israel/Palestine. As a teenager, I worked in bookstores. I grew up in a chocolate factory.
I completed a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology (UC Santa Barbara) in 2018 and an MA in Cultural Studies (the Hebrew University of Jerusalem) in 2007. I was a fellow at the LA Review of Books Publishing Workshop in the summer of 2020.