A fuller introduction

I'm one of the fortunate few invited to live tweet/blog the State of the Union by the White House Office of Digital Strategy.

Early last week I applied to livetweet the State of the Union from a link posted by the @WhiteHouse twitter account. The form was short and I didn't think too much of it, figuirng that even if my bid would get read, my reasons for going wouldn't be as compelling compared to others. So when I received a message from a White House email account on Thursday, I was pretty dubious of its contents. Then I wondered if I could afford the flight. Then I determined if I could get enough work done so as not to jeporadize and already busy week. By the evening, when I found a pair of unreal one-way tickets, multiple stop tickets, I went for it.

I arrived in DC this morning after a visit to urgent care for a (debunked) appendicitis scare and 3 connecting red-eye flights. So far, so good.

Also, the opportunity includes a Q&A with administration officials. If there's a question you'd like for me to ask, feel free to comment on the live blog and/or tweet at me.

You can also follow me on twitter: @rajiv_narayan

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Rajiv Narayan

I'm currently a contributing curator at Upworthy and a grad student at the University of Oxford, where I study Medical Anthropology. In the last year I was an Associate at the healthcare information firm Close Concerns, where I covered research, drug, and policy developments in obesity and public health. Before that I was a Research Assistant at Social Policy Research Associates. And not too long before that I was finishing my undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis, where I was very privileged to be a Regents Scholar and graduate Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors in a self-designed major. In college I was a 2010 Young People For fellow and the Senior Fellow for Health Policy at the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network. At various points over the last 4 years I've worked on an urban farm in Milwaukee, interned at the California State Assembly, and taught classes on the Social Theory of Eating Disorders at UC Davis. On the academic side, I researched obesity legislation in Argentina, food stamps in California, the racial dynamics of obesity policy in Southern States, and fat acceptance activism in California.

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