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).

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.

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The border fence around Naco, Arizona

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.


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The beach at Vieques, Puerto Rico

You can hear my thoughts on the idea of paradise for BBC Radio 4 or read about them in this piece for the BBC website.

I discuss Cuba, the wider Caribbean, and cricket on WNYC’s The Takeaway. And I talk to the New York Times about the best way to travel around the Caribbean.