(car) culture 

A Graceful Place Where Bhangra and Bollywood Meet • On the magnificent dancer Manpreet Toor and how the internet is transforming Punjabi diaspora danceThe New York Times, June 2021. 

America’s car crash epidemic • Cars are killing us, and it's gotten even worse during the pandemicVox, September 2021.  

The Spiritual Bankruptcy of Bottled Water • A comic reported by me and illustrated by Christine Mi on how bottled water redefined our relationship with a natural resourceVox, July 2021. 

The Year of the Wedding After-Party • On the art of planning a belated reception when you got married in the pandemic ageThe New York Times, March 2021. 

As the World Burns, Americans Buy Bigger Cars • On the rise of SUV crossovers, Vox, March 2020. 

Curator of American Culture • A profile of the delightful Radhika Jones, Vanity Fair editor-in-chief, Harvard Magazine, March-April 2021. 

As Russian Jews, We Are Characters in Someone Else’s Story • An essay about secrecy, class, and the Soviet Jewish experience, The Forward, July 2019. 

On the unfortunate Netflix series Friends from College, Harvard Magazine, July 2017. 

ideas & history 

The Case Against the Concept of Invasive Species • And why some scientists and environmental philosophers are rethinking it, Vox, November 2021

From Lewis and Clark to Michael Brown • A profile of Walter Johnson and his radical history of my home city, St. Louis, Harvard Magazine, May-June 2020. 

History from Below • A profile of Vince Brown, a historian who will change the way you think about war, slavery, and anti-Black militarism, Harvard Magazine, March-April 2020. 

The Trilemma • A profile of economist Dani Rodrik and his field’s reckoning with free-market orthodoxy, Harvard Magazine, July-August 2019.  

Sex and Due Process on Campus • An essay on Title IX sexual assault guidelines, radical feminism, and due process, Current Affairs, January 2018. 

A Language Out of Nothing • A profile of linguist Kate Davidson and some of the questions that preoccupy people in her field, Harvard Magazine, May-June 2017.  

The Purpose of Harvard Law School • An essay on the clash between Harvard Law School’s public service ethos and its corporate law reality, Harvard Magazine, August 2016. 

On the Harvard map collection and the uses of maps, Harvard Magazine, August 2018. 


For These Wisconsin Farms, Animals Are Off the Table • A story on the rural Wisconsinites providing refuge to animals saved from slaughter, In These Times, December 2021. 

Animal Liberation Needs Animal Voices • A review of a new book on the political agency of animals, Tenderly, December 2019. 

What Vegans With PCOS Actually Need to Know • On the extremely common but little understood hormonal disorder PCOS, and how to be vegan when you have it, TenderlyFebruary 2020. 

On Jonathan Safran Foer's We Are the Weather and how factory farming has remade life on Earth, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 2019. 

On Jean-Baptiste Del Amo's Animalia and encountering factory farming in literature, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 2020. 

On the extraordinary intelligence of crows, Harvard Magazine, August 2019. 

On the joy of baby turkey season in CambridgeHarvard Magazine, June 2019. 


On Martin Puchner’s The Language of Thieves and how a German-American scholar discovers that his grandfather was a Nazi, Harvard Magazine, November-December 2020. 

On the myth of the egalitarian kibbutz, a new book about kibbutzim, and the kinds of arguments economists make, The Forward, April 2018. 

On The Story of Hebrew and the kinds of arguments linguists make, The Forward, August 2017.

On Dara Horn’s Eternal Life and what’s wrong with Jewish-American literature, Harvard Magazine, January-February 2018. 

On Susan Ware's Why They Marched, a new history of the women's suffrage movement, Harvard Magazine, May-June 2019. 

On the work of Bengali-British novelist Tahmima AnamHarvard Magazine, July-August 2017. 


The Watchdog • A profile of Bharat Ramamurti, the guy in charge of overseeing $500 billion in CARES Act stimulus money and a former adviser to Elizabeth Warren, Harvard Magazine, September-October 2020.  

ProMedica has a medical, moral duty to keep city's only abortion clinic open • This is a throwback — an August 2015 column in the Toledo Blade urging Ohio hospital system ProMedica to prevent Toledo's last abortion provider from shutting down. A few years later, the pro-choice advocates won!