I'm currently a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies program at the University of California, Davis. My dissertation, "Branding Israel: Queer Markets and Politics in San Francisco and Tel Aviv," looks at the way Israel advertises itself as a gay-friendly travel destination by mobilizing some of the foundational myths of gay identity in the United States: the rural-to-urban migration narrative, gay entrepreneurship, and gay market politics. I contextualize these branding campaigns through an analysis of the Jewish history of San Francisco, the development of the Castro, and the emergence of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign.

I graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies and Literature.