I am a professional writer and a masters synchronized swimmer. I am also an editorial director and faculty member at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where I teach graduate-level writing courses. My writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Smithsonian Magazine, Slate, American Scholar, US News & World Report, Huffington Post, Washington Post Magazine, and Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications. I hold an M.A. in Nonfiction Writing from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of South Alabama. You can read more about my academic background and teaching on my Georgetown faculty page.
What’s with the swimming?
I am currently working on a book on the history of women’s swimming and aquatic performance, from vaudeville mermaids to Olympic synchronized swimming. I took up the sport myself after profiling a retired opera singer-turned-synchronized swimmer who invited me to a team practice with the only adult “synchro” team in Washington DC. At that first practice, I knew I had found my people—strong women of all ages and professions who love the water but would rather dance in it than swim laps. I had also found my sport—one that requires strength, stamina, grace, and precise teamwork.
Since beginning my book research, I have written for multiple national publications as well as for the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the website of USA Artistic Swimming. I presented my research on the history of synchronized swimming as a keynote speaker at the 2017 International Sports and Leisure History Colloquium at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), and at the 2019 Congress of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport in Madrid.
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