Personal Information

I am currently an assistant professor of African literature at Princeton University, but I worked for many years as a freelance journalist and staff writer for various newspapers as well as a freelance copyeditor or staff managing editor.

I had an amazing childhood, growing up in Ethiopia and Ghana and travelling to many other countries

One of my brothers and I in Beirut, Lebanon.


My father and I looking down over the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

Our international school in Gondar, Ethiopia.

My brother and I in front of a castle in Gondar, Ethiopia.

My brothers and I in Ghana.


I lived in Los Angeles for many years and have many wonderful friends there...

My parents and my two younger brothers live in Seattle.