Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil is a graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Divinity School, where she received a Master’s degree in religious studies. She spent a year in Sri Lanka as a U.S. Fulbright scholar, and has also studied in Japan, Morocco and South Africa. Kandil spent two years as a reporter for the Bay State Banner, the largest African American-owned newspaper in New England. During her time there, she won a National Health Journalism Fellowship from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, which she used to publish a four-part series on the challenges to healthy eating for low-income Bostonians. She then spent several years as a writer and editor for Moment Magazine, a bi-monthly publication devoted to Jewish politics, culture and religion. Kandil now lives with her husband in California, where she writes about social and political issues for the Metro, a weekly newspaper in Silicon Valley, and is working on her first book about American Islam.