I am a writer. Recent subjects have included a short story about a hunt for unique gestures amid the sad repetitions of stock photography, an essay about money and migration in Juba, South Sudan, and a grammar of redacted documents that was exhibited at the New Museum, New York.
I was a 2014 UNESCO Laureate Artist in Creative Writing, and had a residency at the Dar Al-Ma'mûn, in Marrakech, Morocco in the same year. I am a Collegiate Assistant Professor and Harper-Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago.
I was educated at the University of Oxford, l'EHESS-Paris, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of California, Berkeley; I have a Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from the latter institution. I have lived in Britain, Cambodia, Egypt, France, the Netherlands, Kenya, America, and South Sudan. I've taught political philosophy at Sciences-Po Paris, and anthropology at Berkeley, and in San Quentin State Prison, California.
I have a book under contract with the British publishers Hurst & Co., provisionally entitled Line Language: On the Borders of the Middle East, and am working on my first novel, Redacted Mind.
I am also a researcher on South Sudan with Small Arms Survey, the nonfiction editor of Asymptote, a journal of literature in translation, and a fellow at the The Nation Institute's Investigative Fund. My work has been published in the British Guardian, the Washington Monthly, and Onsite Review, amongst others places.