I received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in 1998. After working on local newspapers and small magazines, I joined the Guardian from 2000 to 2006, working in a variety of editing roles, including deputy letters editor. I have continued to contribute to the Guardian and its sister paper the Observer, and my work has appeared in other media outlets, including BBC Radio 4 and Vox.
I wrote a piece for the Daily Beast about the border wall and how it is obscuring the long, complicated history between the United States and Mexico. Read here (paywall). On a related theme, I contributed an essay to Tomas Van Houtryve’s Lines and Lineage.
I review Marie Arana’s Silver, Sword and Stone: Three Crucibles of the Latin American Story for the Guardian, and Sarah Rainsford’s Our Woman in Havana: Reporting Castro’s Cuba (paywall) for Literary Review.
This piece I wrote for Vox, in the aftermath of hurricane Maria, examines the historical roots of the complex relationship between the U.S. and Puerto Rico. I also spoke about this history on KCSB in Santa Barbara. You can listen here.
In La Frontera, for BBC Radio 4, I go to Arizona to find out what the impact of a border wall with Mexico would be.
Here’s a related piece I did for the Observer.
You can read more of my print and online journalism for the Guardian and Observer by following this link.
My take on the US holiday of Columbus Day for the Daily Beast is here.
Turning to the Caribbean, I review a book by Orlando Patterson about Jamaica for the New York Times.