I’m a freelance writer specializing in history and the arts. On any given day I could be writing about Siberian reindeer hair embroidery, World War I recruiting posters, pyramid cults, the mud mosques of West Africa, the first translation of the Arabian Nights, Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt, or the history of absinthe.
I took the twenty-year plan for getting a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, in part because I kept wandering down fascinating by-ways. Officially my degree is in South Asian history, with strong sub-fields in European imperialism and Islam. Basically, I’m interested in the times and places where two cultures meet and change each other. Lucky for me, there are a lot of them.