and only a fraction as pretentious as I may at first seem...
I grew up on a cattle ranch in the far reaches of Eastern Oregon, driving tractors while belting Disney refrains or writing infantile fantasy novellas. Though I started working summers when I was about 12, it was quickly apparent (for both myself and my father) that farm life was not for me. At 16, armed with little more than a basic resume and a love of arguing, I drove around to nearby lawyers until I found one that would hire me for a summer - a summer that later turned into a three-year part-time position (arranged, of course, around my irrigation duties at home).
After high school I fell into Harvard University - a venerated institution that graciously allowed me to keep showing up. My Bachelor's Degree is in Social Anthropology with a minor in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. While there I expanded greatly upon well-known but largely unexplored devotion to the aesthetics and paired them with a newfound appreciation for philosophy and social theory.
My interests at University centered around questions of gender identity, and the construction and transmission of the gender norms that affect all of us. While at Harvard I spent two summers doing research in Spain, one digging in a pre-Roman necropolis in Mallorca and another observing street-calling behavior in Barcelona. And though academia is fascinating, I knew that wouldn't be able to abide by its inherent political structures.
Though I have significant and varied work experience, I have always considered myself an artist at heart. I dabble in media from music to design to theatre, and I live my life based exclusively on my two life goals:
To be loud
To be interesting
I am happy to talk at length on subjects from activism and social justice to political theory and feminist history. I love travel, theatre, fashion, and good wine. Should I ever develop a longer attention span I would love to write a book series.
Engage with me. It's (almost) never hurt anyone.