About me

Writer, historian, traveller, runner, musician.

I live between Montreal, Canada and Tampere, Finland. I am the author or editor of 14 books of historical non-fiction, as well as dozens of articles, book chapters, and reviews. My books have been translated into ten languages. I've also written popular essays for Aeon Magazine, History Today, and Psychology Today.

I'm chiefly known as an historian of emotions, experience, science and medicine, with special interests in pain, medical experimentation, and interdisciplinary engagement.

I currently work as Senior Research Fellow at the Research Council 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 and the Finnish Historical Society.

I have run three marathons and many half marathons. I try to do at least one race a year.

I play a 2020 Rickenbacker 360, a 1996 Fender Telecaster (52 reissue), a 1997 Fender Stratocaster California Series, and a 2020 Gibson Les Paul. I write songs with my seven-year-old son.

Trip Advisor tells me I've been to 25 per cent of the world. I'm working on the rest.