I am a writer. Recent subjects have included an essay on Jenny Holzer’s paintings of redacted documents for the catalogue of her 'War Paintings' exhibition, a reportage for Chimurenga on violence and forgetting in South Sudan, and, for Hotel Amerika, a short story about a hunt for unique gestures amid the sad repetitions of stock photography.
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, Germany, and South Sudan. I've taught political philosophy at Sciences-Po Paris, and anthropology at Berkeley, and in San Quentin State Prison, California. From 2014-18, I was a Collegiate Assistant Professor and Harper-Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago, teaching in the Social Science core.
From 2013-19, I was the nonfiction editor of Asymptote, a journal of literature in translation, for which I edited and published authors including Dominique Eddé, Abdourahman A. Waberi, Abdelfattah Kilito, Abdellah Taïa, Antonin Artaud, Gonçalo M. Tavares, Miljenko Jergović, and Semezdin Mehmedinović, amongst many others.
I am also a researcher on South Sudan whose work has been published by Small Arms Survey and the Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility, amongst others, and a fellow at Type Investigations, where my investigative journalism, alongside Meg Stalcup, was cited in a Senate Inquiry. My journalism has been published in the British Guardian, the Washington Monthly, and Onsite Review, amongst others places.