I like to keep myself occupied.

I am an independent researcher, editor, and producer dedicated to telling nuanced, unexpected stories rooted in American history. I’m particularly drawn to narratives about food, culture, and mental health. 

Before turning full-time to freelance, I led research for all Alton Brown projects. Between 2018 and 2021, we produced four seasons of television, two of which were James Beard Award finalists. 

Previously, I assisted John T. Edge on extensive archival research for his book The Potlikker Papers, which received the nonfiction award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and letters in 2018. I was the in-house fact-checker for the quarterly journal Gravy. I worked on The Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails, too. And while I love the historical digging and extensive reportage that makes other people’s projects come to life, I’ve also developed a few of my own.

I produced a short documentary film about the Sweet Auburn Curb Market that premiered at the Atlanta History Center. I’ve written over 300 articles for Paste magazine and produced a semiweekly radio program called Sounds of the South. I developed an extensive communications plan for local nonprofit Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, synthesizing complicated legal endeavors into emotional calls to action. I interned for StoryCorps Atlanta. I’ve presented at multiple academic conferences on the importance of communities reclaiming public spaces. 

A Georgia native, I currently reside in San Francisco with my husband and our four bouncing rescue animals. Apologies in advance for any barking in the background of our phone call.  

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