I’ve divided my professional life between book-writing, academia, government service/policy analysis, and journalism. For the books, see tabs above. As for the rest:
Academia. I have taught politics, international relations and anthropology at Harvard University (where I earned my doctorate), Georgetown University, George Washington University's Elliot School for International Affairs, and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Government and policy. For twelve years, I served as Policy Director for South and Southeast Asia on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. At various times, my portfolio also included Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. After my Senate work, I served as Principal Investigator and Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation. I continue to do RAND work from various sites in Asia.
Journalism. I got my start in the newspaper business in Tokyo, as Finance Editor of the Asahi Evening News, and have worked for a variety of now-defunct, nearly-defunct, and still-surviving publications. My last full-time journalism gig was as Senior Editor at US News & World Report, where I covered U.S. News from Washington, and World Report-ed from Indonesia, India, Nepal and elsewhere.
Other writing. My work has appeared in scholarly journals (American Anthropologist, Eastern Anthropologist, African and Asian Studies, Journal of Vaišnava Studies, India Review), policy outlets (Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy), newspapers (Washington Post, Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, Toronto Star), and literary/opinion-leader magazines (The New Yorker, The Atlantic).
I am currently based in Southeast Asia, working on my next book.