Australian-Canadian writer, anthropologist, big-wall climber, former soldier. (But mainly, I just read too many Wilfred Thesiger, HW Tilman and TE Lawrence books at an impressionable age).
I studied for a BA in foreign languages (Arabic and French) and security studies before completing a Master of Anthropology – both at the Australian National University. While at ANU, I studied Arabic abroad in Syria as an Ethel Tory Language Scholar.
My research and writing focuses on political and ecological perspectives in anthropology; interactions between state actors and remote-living peoples (desert and mountain societies) in High Asia and North Africa; conflict ethnography; hoplology and the microsociology of war crimes.
Other research interests include aboriginal oral traditions and storytelling; the sociopolitical construction of “indigeneity”; small arms trafficking and the anthropology of borders; global and local forms of Islam; and the evolution of jihadism in a hyper-connected world.
I’ve conducted fieldwork in fairly diverse locations – all over the Middle East and North Africa, the Thailand/Burma border, Cape York (Aboriginal Australia) and British Columbia.
I have a working proficiency with the French and Arabic languages and a basic knowledge of Kuuk Thaayorre. I have provided and can provide a translation service.
Contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org (send death threats aimed at me directly to the Australian Federal Police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police via express post).