Ariel Sophia Bardi is a journalist and researcher. Born in Japan, and raised in the UK and US, she has lived, worked, or reported in France, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Israel and the West Bank, India, Italy, Sri Lanka, Mexico, and Nepal. She holds a doctorate from Yale University, where her research looked at the rise of nationalist leaderships in India and Israel through the lens of architecture, landscape, and space.
Her primary research interests are culture and conflict. Other projects have tracked the ecological impact of tourism in the high Himalayas, pasture degradation in the Central Asian steppe, a shamanist revival in India’s Northeast, and aid efforts along the Lebanese-Syrian border. Her essays and reported dispatches have appeared in The Guardian, Foreign Policy, LA Review of Books, BBC, Aeon, France 24, and The Atlantic.
She has received fellowships from the Fulbright commission and the James Foley Foundation, and has worked for several human rights organizations and development agencies.
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