Appetite (and iron-clad stomach) for success. The art of stuffing yourself while chancellor.”, June 17, 2017.

The Curious Appeal of ‘Bad’ Food.” The Atlantic, August 5, 2016.

War and the Food of Dreams: An Interview with Cara De Silva.Rumba Under Fire: The Arts of Survival from West Point to Delhi, ed. Irina Dumitrescu. Brooklyn: Punctum Books, 2016. 53-77.

My Father and the Wine.” The Yale Review 103.2 (2015): 51-64.

Currywurst.” Petits Propos Culinaires 98 (2013): 71-77.

Tasting Texas.” Southwest Review 97.1 (2012): 54-62.

Education, Medieval Studies, the Humanities:

Reading recommendation for Zócalo’s Summer Book List.

Digesting Texas, And Other Pursuits of a Fusion Medievalist: A Conversation with Irina Dumitrescu.” Interview by Abby Dockter. Essay Daily. March 15, 2017.

(With Berit Andersson) “Research Fellowships in Germany for Scholars in the Humanities.” Guest post at In the Middle, November 8, 2016.

A Place of Absence, Loss, and Transcendence.” Part of a Zócalo Public Square conversation on “Why Libraries’ Survival Matters.” September 29, 2016.

‘Frivolous’ Humanities Helped Prisoners Survive in Communist Romania.” Zócalo Public Square, May 25, 2016.

On the Future of Old English.” Guest post at In the Middle, January 2014.

The School’s Embrace.” This Book is a Class Room, eds. Lucie Kolb and Romy Rüegger. Berlin: Passenger Books and HIT, 2012. 43-44.

Hidden Treasures at the Met Museum.” Guest post at In the Middle, July 2009.


The Things We Take, The Things We Leave Behind.” Southwest Review 101.1 (2016): 13-29.

  • Winner of a McGinnis-Ritchie Award for nonfiction from the Southwest Review.
  • Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Why ‘that’ photo mattered this time: Our children could be on that beach, too.” On Parenting for the Washington Post. September 8, 2015.


Swan, Late: The Unexpected Joys of Adult Beginner Ballet.” Longreads. February 7, 2017.

Dancing for Humanity.” fuse. A Tribal & Fusion Belly Dance Magazine 15 (2015): 11-12.

Dance, Mama.” The Manifest-Station. September 26, 2015.

Terpsichore.” Rumba Under Fire: The Arts of Survival from West Point to Delhi, ed. Irina Dumitrescu. Brooklyn: Punctum Books, 2016. 197-199.

Blogs  Writing on dance and fitness.

Food Gone Wrong Food disasters.

The Cooking Romanian Occasional scribbles on food.