About me

I am a writer and researcher based in SanScreen Shot 2020-04-30 at 6.30.57 PMFrancisco and Kenya.

From 2010 to 2015, I worked closely with a Nobel prize-winning economist at Columbia University, conducting background research and editing his articles, academic papers, and books. I have worked on best-selling trade books, more than a dozen edited volumes, scores of op-eds — including a series in The New York Times — and some 80 academic articles.

I completed a master’s program at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs in 2009. Afterward, I reported from East Africa. I have also lived in Syria.

Check out my blog for my perspective on current events in the places I have lived. Whether I’m writing about San Francisco, Nairobi, Beirut, or Homs, my deepest interest is understanding the context — historical, economic, and political — of the headline news.

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