DJ Cashmere is a freelance print and audio journalist who covers education, urban policy, and culture. His work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Millions, Public Books, Ms. Magazine, Education Week, Bedford + Bowery, Bklyner, and Radical Teacher, among others.
DJ is the descendant of Eastern European Jews and Polish and Irish Catholics who came to the United States in the late 1800's. Born in New Jersey and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia, DJ lived and studied in Germany during his junior year of high school. At 17, he began attending the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he earned a degree in Theatre Arts, spending his junior year in England at the British-American Drama Academy.
After graduating from USC, DJ moved to Chicago, where he joined Teach for America and taught for eight years in the Chicago Public Schools and the Noble Network of Charter Schools. DJ taught Theatre, Literacy, Cultural Studies, and other subjects, and served in various leadership roles, as well. During his time in Chicago, he graduated from the Second City Training Center's Conservatory and Music Improv programs. He also earned a Master's in Teaching.
DJ moved to New York City in 2017 with Christine Peralta, whom he married a few months later. He is currently a John K. Martin Fellow at NYU's Carter Journalism Institute.