Joelle Renstrom

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Joelle Renstrom is a science and tech freelance writer who focuses primarily on robots, AI, and space exploration. She's been published in the Washington Post, CNN, the Guardian, Slate, New Scientist, and NASA's Astrobiology site. Her collection of essays, Closing the Book: Travels in Life, Loss, and Literature was published in 2016. She teaches writing at Boston University.


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As a Teacher in a Pandemic, Where Does Work End and I Begin?

Integrating the personal with the professional was helpful in the chaos of 2020. But by 2021, I often lost track of whether I was a teacher or a therapist.

May 26, 2022
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
What Would It Mean to Live in the Clouds?

If one can dream up a better future for humanity or for whatever species humans evolve into, why replicate the past?

Oct 05, 2021
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How My Students Have Given Me Hope Since the Election

“I generally try to keep politics out of the classroom, but this year it hasn’t been possible.”

Jul 05, 2017