I'm a freelance journalist and critic based in Berkeley, CA. My academic training is in the history of Eastern Europe, but for the past eight years I've been working as both a critic and a science journalist. I write about art, books, movies, ancient history, anthropology, and - occasionally - food. I especially like to work on stories about the intersection of science and the humanities, photography, and people who are helplessly engrossed by whatever they're involved in.
My writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Aeon, Cabinet, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Guardian, The New York Times, newyorker.com, The Point, The Awl, Atlas Obscura, Slate and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others..
Some of my pieces have been named to best of the year lists by Longform.org and The Atlantic, and I've had work translated into nine languages, including Chinese, Farsi and Latvian. I've also shared my work on radio, for WNPR and the BBC.
I travel, mostly on foot. I tweet, but not too much (@JMikanowski). And I cook, but not too well. I also do a fair amount of writing for the drawer.
If you'd like to get in touch, email me at jacob DOT mikanowski@gmail DOT com. I'd love to hear from you!