Nihil de nobis sine nobis!
I’m a jack-of-all-trades who focuses primarily on disability, race, gender, sexuality and the intersections between those identities. I also do graphic design and am obsessed by typography.
My interests are catholic; though my official fields are public policy, sociology and cultural studies, my reading extends beyond that. I’m interested in accessibility, sociolinguistics (in particular, dialects of English and their significance), politics, history, etymology, technology, localisation and internationalisation, philosophy, psychology and horrible pop music, and am curious about far more things. I occasionally poke at science. I like to teach myself languages sometimes. I can’t really say that I have a primary interest; I’m far too curious and distractible for that. I thrive on complexity and can’t really imagine not trying to learn more about the world and how it works.
I’ve lived in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany—I was a military brat who was bounced between different locations every three to four years. As an adult, my lifestyle is still peripatetic, though I tend to move every five to six years instead. I’m currently in the Greater Boston area.
I am a pragmatic social democrat; I think the current capitalist system is broken, but that leaders should gravitate towards thoughtful, intelligent approaches to reforming policy in most cases rather than torching everything without provisions for the most vulnerable populations. Research matters. Both politics and life are complex, and good policy recognises those complexities. You can’t fix everything with sound bites.
Other random me-things:
- I am an inveterate collector of books and various other knickknacks.
- I’m a fan of phrasal-adjective hyphens.
- My pronouns are he/him or they/them.
- I’m also Black, autistic, queer, and a number of other things, though I am not given to rattling off Tumblr-esque lists of labels in lieu of describing myself holistically.
- I like things that taste like matcha tea.
- I prefer to use international standards in personal writing.
- I have an adorable seven-year-old tabby cat.
Opinions expressed on this blog are my own, not those of my employers, clients, or any institution with which I have any professional affiliation.