I'm a native Manhattanite who's spent much of her adult life in
academia. In my spare time, I'm a daydreamer, a giggler, and an
idealist. I did my graduate work in developmental psychology and
public policy and am passionate about what I do, which is
policy-relevant child development research. I'm career-oriented, a
bit of a workaholic, and can be introverted, but I'm also really
good at having fun.
I'm a pretty trusting person, which sometimes comes across as
naivete, but I'd like to think it has more to do with my ability to
see the good in others. People are often surprised to learn that I
grew up in NYC. I must not seem hardened enough. I am, however, a
fast walker and an aggressive pedestrian (especially at
intersections) and I can bargain with street vendors like nobody's
I have a global sensibility thanks to having spent 13 years at an
international school, and I seek out others with similar
What I’m doing with my life
I'm likely headed for a career in academia but haven't ruled out
the possibility of doing something more directly policy related. In
fact, I recently stepped out of academia to do a stint at a policy
research firm here in NYC. I study the effects of early education
programs on low-income children and am interested in forging
connections between child development research and public policy
for the benefit of disadvantaged kids.
I’m really good at
Listening, taking other people's perspectives, making people laugh,
singing harmony, stepping all the way into the subway car to make
room for others, and pretty much anything that requires being
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm tall and have auburn curly hair.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
These lists are not exhaustive, but here goes...
Books: On Chesil Beach, The Road, Pnin, La Nuit, The Grapes of
Wrath, Anna Karenina, An Unquiet Mind.
Movies: Goodfellas, The Usual Suspects, Memento, American History
X, Unforgiven, Life is Beautiful, 3:10 to Yuma.
Music: Alternative, rock, pop, dance, hip-hop, jazz, classical.
Some favorites include: MGMT, Muse (Starlight always makes me
happy, no matter what my mood is), My Morning Jacket, Radiohead,
Death Cab, The Postal Service, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips,
Passion Pit, Coldplay, U2 (old stuff), Imogen Heap, Bassnectar,
Coltrane, Miles Davis, Joao Gilberto, Beethoven, Mozart, Handel,
Food: Italian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Indian, Asian,
Spanish, French... Anything, really, as long as it's not too
Other things I'm partial to, in alphabetical order: Ali G,
alliteration, ballet, biking, cilantro, fall colors, Flight of the
Conchords, Frank Gehry, horseback riding, hot chocolate, Marimekko,
Mark Rothko, marzipan, onomatopoeia, palindromes, Richard Serra,
Seurat, string ensembles, tea of all kinds, The New Yorker, violin
The six things I could never do without
Music, laughing, singing and dancing (either in the privacy of my
apartment or in public), meditation, NPR/my shower radio/NPR on my
shower radio, and long, leisurely dinners with friends and family.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Arcane statistical methods, how to convey research findings to
policymakers, life's big questions, like: What are the odds of my
running into someone I met on OkCupid on the street? Pancakes or
eggs? Where can I get the best chai latte in NYC? Why is it so hard
to find medium-sized garbage bags? If CVS carries extra-strength
Tylenol but not regular-strength Tylenol, is it really extra
strength? Are human beings capable of altruism in the purest sense?
On a typical Friday night I am
No such thing... I might be home relaxing or working, out having
dinner with friends or family, taking in a movie, or dancing the
night away at a bar.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm a Luddite at heart. I'd be very content if I never had to
replace my clunky blue Sanyo Qualcomm cell phone. Update: I got an
iPhone! Yes, I'm now an iPhone-toting Luddite (I don't really know
how to use it).
You should message me if
You have a curious mind, a kind heart, a great sense of humor, and
you know where you're headed in life.