John Ghazvinian holds a doctorate in history from Oxford. He began his career with the Sunday Times, went on to cover British politics for The Nation, and from 2002 to 2004 worked for Newsweek as a stringer, based in their London bureau. He is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania. His book Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil was published by Harcourt in 2007. His website is at johnghazvinian.com.