Australian-Canadian writer, anthropologist, big-wall climber, former soldier. 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 ANU. My research focuses on political and ecological perspectives in anthropology; interactions between state actors and remote-living peoples (nomadic and mountain societies) in High Asia and North Africa; conflict ethnography; hoplology and the microsociology of war crimes.
Other research interests include traditional societies and 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).
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.
Mountaineering & Big Wall Climbing
– Natural Selection (V 80° ice, first ascent), Mt Darwin, Southern Alps, New Zealand, 2014
– Tantalus Traverse (48hrs, sea level return), Coast Range, British Columbia, Canada, 2017
– Crossing of Bass Strait by Sea Kayak, 2011
– Circumnavigation of Morton Island by Sea Kayak, 2014
– Hawkesbury Canoe Classic (Junior Winner), 10hr 27min, 2008
– NSW Marathon Canoe Series (Junior Winner), 2008
– Entrapment in the transit lounge at Cairo Airport during the Egyptian Revolution and a 56 hour foodless layover (robbed and broke) in Algiers Airport
– Waterless day in the Sahara desert between Timbuktu and Douentza, Mali