I am a writer who lives in St Louis, Missouri. I am best known for my best-selling essay collection The View From Flyover Country, my reporting on political and economic problems in the US, my prescient coverage of the 2016 election and the Trump administration, and my academic research on authoritarian states in Central Asia. I am also the co-host of Gaslit Nation, a biweekly podcast which covers the rise of autocracy in the US and corruption in the Trump administration.
Since 2017, I’ve been covering the transformation of the US under the Trump administration, writing on authoritarian tactics, kleptocracy, racism and xenophobia, media, voting rights, technology, the environment, and the Russian interference case, among other topics. I am an op-ed columnist for the Globe and Mail, where I focus primarily on US politics. I am also a frequent contributor to Fast Company, NBC News, and other national outlets. From 2012-2014 I was an op-ed columnist for Al Jazeera English.
I have also written for POLITICO, Quartz, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, Marie Claire, De Correspondent, The Atlantic, Medium, Radio Free Europe, POLITICO Europe, The Chicago Tribune, The Baffler, Blue Nation Review, Alive Magazine, Ethnography Matters, The Common Reader, The New York Daily News, La Stampa, Slate, World Policy Journal, The Brooklyn Quarterly, Belt Magazine, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Teen Vogue, City AM, Opinio Juris, HRDCVR, World Politics Review and The New York Times.
In August 2013, Foreign Policy named me one of “the 100 people you should be following on Twitter to make sense of global events”. In October 2013, St. Louis Magazine profiled me as one of 15 inspirational people under 35 in St. Louis. In September 2014, The Riverfront Times named me the best online journalist in St. Louis. In June 2017, St Louis Magazine named me the best journalist in St. Louis.
In addition to working as a journalist, I am a researcher and scholar. I have a PhD in anthropology from Washington University in Saint Louis (2012) and an MA in Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University (2006). Most of my work focuses on the authoritarian states of the former Soviet Union and how the internet affects political mobilization, self-expression, and trust.
My academic research has been published in American Ethnologist, Problems of Post-Communism, Central Asian Survey, Demokratizatsiya, Nationalities Papers, Social Analysis, and the Journal of Communication. I have worked as a program associate for the Central Asia Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
I am regularly interviewed by the media and have been a guest on NBC, MSNBC, NPR, CBS, Al Jazeera, CBC News, BBC World Service and other broadcast outlets, and am a recurring guest on the MSNBC show “AM Joy”.
I have given talks all over the world as an invited speaker at universities and at conferences on foreign policy, politics, education and technology.
I am represented by Robert Lecker Agency and my book publicist is Amelia Possanza at Flatiron Books. If you would like to interview me about my book, send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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