About

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.

You can find more information about me, my books, or my freelance writing at http://www.pameladtoler.com/