I write about immigration, poverty, race, youth, gender, sex, education and families for The New York Times Magazine, where I am a contributing writer. In addition to my work throughout the United States, I have reported from Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Burma and Guatemala and have written for The NYT Book Review, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, Slate, Salon, Lingua Franca, Elle, Glamour, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Entertainment Weekly and other publications.

I was a finalist for the National Magazine Award, a 2012 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a 2016 Senior Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma at Columbia University.

I have taught and lectured at Boston College, Harvard University, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, the Christopher C. Georges Conference, the Alexander Rowan Writers' Festival and the Creative Non-Fiction Writers' Conference. I have appeared on NPR'S 1A, WNYC's The Leonard Lopate Show and The Brian Lehrer Show, KPCC's Take Two, among others.

In addition to writing and speaking, I currently teach writing at University of Pittsburgh's undergrad and MFA programs.