I sometimes publish writing elsewhere. I usually write about the same things I write about on this site: mass atrocities, violent conflict, and how to prevent either from occurring. Lately I’ve been interested in themes of cataclysmic destruction and how those that encounter destroyed worlds, microscopic and macroscopic alike, continue to inhabit them. Essays on climate change, violence, injury, and pain have recently emerged from these themes.
I’m always interested in new opportunities to think and write about these topics.
Below, I’ve sorted selected clips by date-of publication.
“Our Fictive Wilderness” (Pacific Standard)
- An essay about the slow decay of the Antarctic continent and its consequences for our concept and preservation of global wilderness.
“The Latest Culinary Trend Is Centuries Old” (Men’s Journal)
- A report on the ways contemporary chefs use and abuse the cultural history of food to inform their cooking.
“What’s in a (Islamic) State?” (Pacific Standard)
- A column about understanding the politics and governance of the Islamic State.
“A Radical Standard of Pain” (Pacific Standard)
- A review essay on the politics of defining and representing personal pain.
“Why Are Mass Killings So Common in Nigeria?” (Pacific Standard)
- A column about the strategic logic of mass killing in northern Nigeria.
“My Vice is Hypoglycemia” (Pacific Standard)
- A personal essay about living with Type 1 diabetes, with which I was diagnosed in spring 2011.
“Boko Haram’s predatory state within a predatory state” (Al Jazeera America)
- A column about the purpose and evolution of Boko Haram’s violence in northern Nigeria.
“Between Israel and Social Democracy: Tony Judt’s Jewishness” (Dissent)
- A biographical essay about Tony Judt, the late historian of Europe, and what it means to be Jewish.
“Al-Shabab and the origins of East Africa’s recent violence” (Al Jazeera America)
- A column about a spate of attacks in spring 2014 by various unknown groups in Kenya’s coastal region.
“GDELT and the Problem of Decontextualized Data” (Source)
- A guide to interpreting and misinterpreting conflict data, following the kidnapping of over 200 girls in Chibok, in northeast Nigeria.
“Twitter, Modified” (Pacific Standard)
- A column about Twitter and how we think about public space online.
“The Ends” (The Awl)
- A short essay about walking, space, and Antarctica.
“The heartbreaking resilience of human trafficking” (The Week)
- A column about the growth and persistence of human trafficking in Nigeria.
“Preventing Mass Atrocities: Resilient Societies, State Capacity, and Structural Reform” (The Stanley Foundation)
- A conference report about civilian resilience during violent conflict.
“The Toolbox’s Dilemma: Towards a Relational Understanding of Mass Atrocity Response” (Undergraduate thesis, Georgetown University)
- My undergraduate thesis, about how we think about the role of power in preventing mass atrocities.
“Desperately Seeking Diplomacy” (New York Times)
- A brief column about the need for a negotiated solution to Sudan’s violence in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.