Hello, I’m Maxine.

I’m currently a staff writer at New York Magazine’s e-commerce and shopping vertical The Strategist, where I write about (and often test) kitchen gadgets, drinkware, and the occasional travel and tech product. I love diving into the history of things, from canned, caffeinated malt beverages to national food holidays, and discovering places that are slightly off the beaten path, like this island off the coast of Maine that’s the best place to unplug or the burgeoning craft beer scene in Seoul, South Korea. My writing, photography, and food and product styling has appeared in Grub Street, Vice Munchies, Man Repeller, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications — including the cookbook Breakfast: The Most Important Book About the Best Meal of the Day.

Based in Brooklyn, I am a member of the Newswomen’s Club of New York.


E-mail: maxine@maxinebuilder.com

Twitter & Instagram: maxine_builder


Tufts University, 2009—2013
B.A. International Relations, Magna Cum Laude


The Strategist (New York Magazine)
Staff Writer
2017 — Present

The Establishment
Contributing Editor

Extra Crispy (Time Inc.)
Associate Editor
2016 — 2017

Features Contributor, Fashion and Beauty
2015 — 2016

Council on Foreign Relations
Research Associate, Global Health
2013 — 2015