I am a British essayist, of uncertain abode, but normally to be found in Juba, Paris, or Berkeley. My essays, short stories, and reportage can be found in the British Guardian, The Washington Monthly, Onsite Review, Anthropology News, Annalemma, and Hotel Amerika, amongst other places.
I am also a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, working on a dissertation about the borders of Abyei, Sudan/South Sudan. I have taught political philosophy at L'Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and anthropology in San Quentin State Prison and at Berkeley.
A couple of years back, I co-edited a book entitled The Kingdom: Saudi Arabia in the 21st Century (Columbia University Press/Hurst & Co.), to which I also contributed this essay. I'm currently writing a book of essays for Hurst & Co. called Line Language: on the border in the Middle East, and am at work on a novel, tentatively titled Poindre.
As a journalist my work has appeared in the Guardian, the Institute of War and Peace Reporting, La Croix, africanews.com, The Daily Star, and SaudiDebate, amongst an alphabet soup of other publications. This investigation, which I did with Meg Stalcup, was published by the Washington Monthly, supported by The Nation Institute Investigative Reporting Fund, and was referenced in a Senate Inquiry. This page fills in some of the details.
Over the last ten or so years, I've lived in Phnom Penh, Oxford, Cairo, Paris, Amsterdam, Nairobi, Juba, and Oakland, and wandered through hundreds of other cities, villages, and abandoned spaces.
Along the way, I picked up an itinerant education: accquiring a BA from St Peter's College, Oxford University, an Mres from the University of Amsterdam, and studying at L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and the University of California, Berkeley.
During this time, I've been the English language editor of Café Babel, a contributing writer to both SaudiDebate and ArabLife, a project co-ordinator for Jubilee Iraq, a researcher on the geopolitics of oil for whoever was willing to hire me, and an attaché at the British Institute in East Africa, researching Islamic book publishing in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, amongst other subjects.
Mainly, however, I have been reading, wandering around, asking too many questions, and writing things down; thoroughly enjoyable compulsions that continue to dictate my daily life.
I speak English, French, Swahili, and occasionally something that resembles Arabic.
Secrets, love letters, and offers of fame and fortune, can be passed onto me at joshua point craze at gmail point com. My PGP Public Key can be found here.