Mark Hay

An over-educated ex-grad student turned freelancer living in Brooklyn, Mark Hay has a background in history, sociology, and religious studies / theology. Nowadays he writes about anything under the big tent of culture, faith, and identity—basically anything human beings will fight over. He also has a deep interest in counterintuitive innovations and lesser reported subcultures and is an avid traveler with a special love for Central Asia and East Africa. His work has appeared on many sites, including The Economist's Baobab Blog, The New Yorker Online, and Slate (via Roads & Kingdoms dispatches) and he is a regular contributor at Modern Notion and VICE. You can find his work at

In the last 8 years, several countries have opened up for American tourism. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should visit.

Don’t be fooled by Brexit. British bigotry strikes closer to home than the EU

What it’s really like to travel to Tibet

When a city gets named a UNESCO World Heritage site, here are the people who lose

Think Switzerland is a political utopia? Here’s one thing you might not know

Why we must end human safaris

ISIS is destroying Syria’s historical sites. Here’s what can and can’t be done.

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