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I’m the author of Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press, 2004) and co-editor of an anthology of memoirs about growing up in the American working class, Coming of Age in a Hardscrabble World (University of Georgia Press, 2019). I’m a Contributing Editor for Archaeology, a correspondent for ARTnews, and a frequent contributor to The Times Literary Supplement. My work has appeared also in National Geographic, The Guardian, Mother Jones, The New York Times and Scientific American, as well as numerous scholarly and literary journals.

I was born in Boston. I have an MA in History from Georgetown University and a BA in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, plus a Masters in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

I was a reporter and editor for Reuters from 1986 to 2002, based in (in chronological order) Argentina, Brazil, Peru, New York, Chile and Washington, DC. I’ve had a few fellowships: an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, a Knight International Press Fellowship (with which I taught journalism at the Universidad Central de Venezuela), and a reporting fellowship with the National Science Foundation in Antarctica.

In recent years I’ve been working on a study of culture in El Salvador during the Cold War, focused on the life of the great poet Roque Dalton, whom I first read as an undergraduate and have never been able to shake. Parts of this study have appeared in Latin American Research Review, the Salvadoran journal Realidad, and El Faro, and I wrote the introduction to a terrific British bilingual edition of Dalton’s poetry. If you’d like to read Dalton in translation, this is a great place to start.

As an independent writer, I’ve written hundreds of articles, reviews and essays from about 25 countries. A selection of them are on this site. I live in Washington, DC, but the picture above is in Parque Cuscatlán, San Salvador.