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More on the Andijon massacre

I have an op-ed about the Andijon massacre in the New York Times: On May 13, 2005, military forces dispatched by the government of Uzbekistan fired on a massive protest in the city of Andijon, killing hundreds of Uzbek citizens. The … Continue reading

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The payday loan crisis

My latest article for the Guardian is on the explosion of payday lending, which is a huge problem in Missouri and in the U.S. in general: I am driving down Route 180 in St Louis, Missouri, past empty plazas and vacant … Continue reading

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The Andijon Massacre: Ten years later

May 13, 2015 will mark the ten-year anniversary of the Andijon massacre: the day military troops in Uzbekistan shot and killed over 700 Uzbek citizens gathered at a protest in Andijon’s Bobur Square. Those of you who know me for … Continue reading

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My new book – The View From Flyover Country

Big news! I’ve collected the best of my essays from my time at Al Jazeera into an ebook, available as a Kindle download for $5.00. If you would like to support my work – or simply want a copy of … Continue reading

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Beverly Hills, Missouri

I’ve been moving away from op-ed lately to concentrate more on original feature reporting. My latest for the Guardian is on the impoverished town of Beverly Hills, Missouri, which has a population of under 600 but whose police wrote over 3800 … Continue reading

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As the Whirl turns

My debut article for the Guardian is on the 77-year-old St. Louis crime tabloid the St. Louis Evening Whirl: “Pow. Pow. Pow. Pow. Pow. That’s how three street goons came at a dude as he said goodbye to his lovely … Continue reading

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The Nerdiest Black Market Around

My latest for the Chronicle of Higher Education is on the post-PhD library access lockout: The hardest thing about doing the revisions for my final scholarly article was not the research, or the writing, but obtaining access to basic materials. … Continue reading

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The Future of Central Asian Studies: A Eulogy

Yesterday I gave the keynote speech at the 22nd conference of the  Association of Central Eurasian Students at Indiana University. I am an alumnus of the Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) program at IU so it was exciting to get to … Continue reading

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Institutional bias in academic hiring

My latest for the Chronicle of Higher Education is on institutional bias, which has come, in academia, to function something like inherited wealth: What that means is something every Ph.D. from a less-prestigious institution knows all too well: No amount … Continue reading

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Ferguson Inc — a story of money and a movement

Months of research and interviews went into my latest for Politico Magazine, which is on the sustainability of the Ferguson protest movement, the participants of which are struggling to survive: Ferguson began as a movement led by the people who had … Continue reading

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