Lily Cichanowicz
Writer, Editor, & Sociologist


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📍  Berlin, Germany



Freie Universität
MA, Sociology
  • I am currently working on my master’s degree in sociology at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies.
  • My research interests include critical political economy and the sociology of social movements such as labor mobilization and leftist internationalism. I am especially curious about the ways in which political economy itself influences the viability of workers’ struggle for liberation and equitable wealth distribution.
  • Drawing on my background in international development, I am also concerned with the ways that capitalism plays out in the global South in general and in the hegemonic relations between the United States and Latin America in particular.


Cornell University
BS, Development Sociology
  • Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Inequality Studies
  • Winner of the Dwight Sanderson Excellence Award; 3.96 GPA
  • Cornell Plant Breeding and Genetics Gender Preferences in Cassava Research Independent Study advocating for female farmers in Uganda


University of Copenhagen
Exchange Semester, International Development
  • Sustainable Land Use and Natural Resource Management Program in conjunction with University of Copenhagen and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
  • Conducted field research with a diverse team of students about the effects of government sponsored development schemes on indigenous longhouse communities in Malaysian Borneo
Work Experience

Berlin, Germany

Freelance Writer & Editor
2015 — Present
  • Produced short and long-form content for a variety of companies and websites including press releases, eBooks, and landing pages  
  • Contributed op-eds to niche publications related to politics, feminism, critical theory, and movement building 
  • Clients: homify, Berlin Art Guide, Where About Now, Peregrine Adventures, Media Consulta, Intrepid Travel, Dispatches Europe, Home2Go, Crobo, VIVA Lifestyle & Travel, and Culture Trip

Berlin, Germany

Co-creator, The Food Keeper
2017 — 2018
  • The Food Keeper is a series of photos and essays based on interviews around women and their relationships to food.
  • Created all written content for the site from the essays themselves to the web text, brand messaging, and outreach emails.
  • Collaborated in a close partnership to develop the project’s visual identity including the front-end of the website and the photography for each profile

Berlin, Germany

Research Fellow & Contributor, Social Science Works
2016 — 2018
  • Planned and led deliberative seminars and ran focus groups  
  • Wrote blog posts on contemporary issues 
  • Coded response data for statistical analysis

Berlin, Germany

Content Writer & Video Performance Manager
  • Developed content marketing strategy, collaborated with team leads, spearheaded composition of all long-form content, published an eBook on digital marketing channels, mastered best practices in SEO, launched drip campaigns, tailored approach to data analytics
  • Partook in an intensive customer support training course, responded to help tickets, used the experience to inform editorial content pitches
  • Exponentially enhanced web traffic and performance in Google search, consistently reached our growth targets as a marketing team, made Oberlo synonymous with dropshipping as the industry standard

Berlin, Germany

Editor, The Culture Trip
2015 — 2016
  • Created all web articles for the Berlin Hub, put together the monthly publishing calendar tailored to the Berlin community, crafted high-performing SEO content
  • Grew the repertoire of Berlin-focused web content by publishing 50 articles per month, ranging from 500-1000 words each

Berlin, Germany

Editor, Berlin Logs
2015 — 2016
  • Coordinated with editorial board at monthly meetings, expanded readership to hundreds of copies sold from locations throughout the city, edited submissions, managed contributors 
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Content Management
  • SPSS Software 
  • MS Office Suite 
  • Teaching (Online/Web)
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Community Management (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat)
  • English: Fluency- native language
  • Spanish: Advanced (C1)
  • German: Intermediate (B1)
  • French: Novice (A1)