About me

Writer, historian, traveller, runner, musician.

I live between Montreal, Canada and Tampere, Finland, with a sideline in Berlin, Germany. I am the author or editor of 10 books of historical non-fiction, as well as dozens of articles, book chapters, essays, and reviews. A novel is in the works, as are the next three history books.

I currently work as Senior Research Fellow at the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences (HEX), Tampere University. I have previously held positions at Bard College Berlin, Harvard University, McGill University, the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, and Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin. I have a PhD from the University of York and I'm a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Three marathons are in the can, as well plenty of half marathons. I try to do at least one a year.

I play a 2020 Rickenbacker 360, a 1996 Fender Telecaster (52 reissue), and a 1997 Fender Stratocaster California Series.

Trip Advisor tells me I've been to 24 per cent of the world. I'm working on the rest.