I’m a multilingual writer and editor based in Leiden, the Netherlands.
Currently I’m the Editorial Coordinator at the European Association for International Education (EAIE), where I’m responsible for our entire catalogue of print and digital publications, from publishing strategy and flatplans to copyediting and (ghost) writing. In the past I have been a regular contributor to Beyond Words Magazine and Transparent Language, as well as writing on my own blog Globalect.
Most of my writing grows out of the fertile space between language, travel, and what they can teach us about navigating a world where everyone’s daily choices and actions affect everyone else’s. Inspired first by an internship at a technologically innovative international development NGO in the Hague during my Master’s program, I frequently weave accessible narratives of development into destination pieces, or highlight the overlaps of human issues like immigration and urban development to cast a more vibrant light on places otherwise seen as dreary. I believe in language learning as a tool for global citizenship, and in the power thoughtful travel experiences to de-other and inspire human solidarity.
In recent years I’ve lived and worked in Colombia, Mexico, the US, and the Netherlands. I’ve been a Fulbright researcher at the University of Leiden, an editor for the Youth Peace Initiative, a teenage bank teller during the Global Financial Crisis, and the manager of a backpackers’ hostel in Mexico City that in hindsight was definitely a drug front. I speak and write fluent Spanish and better Dutch, the heritage language I reclaimed while living in the Netherlands, and am a fanatical believer in the intellectual and emotional empathy opened up by the learning of new languages.