I’m Leah, a writer, public speaker, and creative professional focusing on the intersections of romance, sexual culture, gender dynamics, and technology. I am presently an Atlantic Media Editorial Fellow at Quartz, where I cover the intersections of relationships, sexuality, psychology, and economics. Read my recent writing here.

I spoke at the June 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival on the Sex in America track, and debated campus affirmative consent on PBS Point Taken, live from Aspen. I’ll be giving the keynote address at the University of San Francisco Global Women’s Rights Forum on March 7, 2017.

Much of my writing riffs on my senior thesis, “Can She Really, ‘Play That Game, Too’?” — a narrative exploration of women’s experiences with the hookup culture at Middlebury, featuring extensive personal research.

My reporting and essays have been published in The Atlantic, Washington Post, The Straits Times, Mashable, Brooklyn Magazine and Quartz. I spent 2016 working in management for Bridgewater Associates, and am a contributing editor to Middlebury Magazine.

In May 2015, I graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in English and American literatures and a focus in nonfiction creative writing, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

I’d love to chat. Reach out:
Email: leahfessler8 [at] gmail [dot] com
Twitter: @LeahFessler
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/leahfessler

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