I am the co-founder and managing editor of Dublin Inquirer, a weekly online newspaper based in Ireland.
I graduated from Oxford University in 2008 with a BA in modern and medieval Russian, after which I worked briefly in Kyrgyzstan where I wrote my first freelance articles. In mid-2009, I moved to the US where I blogged for a summer at the local alternative weekly Washington City Paper.
I then went back to school and got an MA in comparative politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. After graduation, I returned to the US and went on to work for six months as a trainee defense investigator at the Public Defenders Service of the District of Columbia, gathering evidence for pro bono defense lawyers to use in murder, theft and assault trials.
In 2011, I moved to Kolkata (Calcutta) in eastern India, where I worked for two years as a daily newspaper reporter for a national independent newspaper called The Statesman. I migrated to Dublin, Ireland in mid-2013, where I juggled jobs, and helped out at the multicultural biweekly Metro Eireann. I also wrote freelance articles that appeared in The Irish Times, The Sunday Times and We Are Dublin.
Along the way, I've worked as an au pair, cleaner, salesperson, travel-brochure writer, and had one clumsy night as a waitress in a comedy club.
I've blogged about community issues for Washington City Paper in the US, and been a daily reporter for The Statesman in India.
In Ireland, I've helped out at the multicultural newspaper Metro Eireann and written articles for the Irish Times, the Sunday Times, and Village magazine.
I've also written freelance articles for World Politics Review, Christian Science Monitor, Border News Network, among other publications.
While starting out as a reporter in Central Asia in 2009, I helped to copy-edit a collection of oral histories collected by university students, Life at the Edge of the Empire: Oral Histories of Soviet Kyrgyzstan.
More recently, I was part of a team to put together the book Lat Does Not Exist, the story of one village in India's Chhattisgarh state, which was torn apart to make way for a pit mine to produce coal to fuel India's growing economy. It's now available through Amazon.
I've got a BA in medieval and modern Russian from Oxford University, and have worked on both business and literary Russian-to-English translation projects over the last four years.
I've translated websites for companies, brochures for NGOs, and a collection of short stories for a writer.