Ariel Sophia Bardi is a multimedia journalist and researcher, currently based in South Asia. Her work has appeared in BBC, The Guardian, Slate, Roads & Kingdoms, The Atlantic, Buzzfeed, Quartz, and VICE.
An American born in Japan, she has lived in six countries and reported across three continents. She writes on travel, borders, and spatial politics.
She has an M.A. from the University of Paris and a Ph.D. from Yale University. Her academic work looks at nationalism and planning in India, Pakistan, and Israel, focusing on demolitions, transit and refugee camps, resettlement colonies, heritage sites, and militarized zones.
In other roles, she works as a consultant in humanitarian and international development sectors.