HIDDEN CITIES is a blog of stories from the Middle East written by Frederick Deknatel. I’m currently a staff editor at Foreign Affairs in New York. I also write about Middle Eastern politics, culture, and books for The Nation, The National, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. My work has also appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, GlobalPost, Architectural Record, Al Jazeera English, the Daily News Egypt, and other outlets. Prior to joining Foreign Affairs, I worked on the editorial staff of Rolling Stone and The Nation.
In 2008-09 I was a Fulbright Fellow in Syria, where I also worked for the UNHCR. I have a M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St Antony’s College at Oxford, where I wrote a thesis with distinction on urban planning, architectural preservation, and authoritarianism in Cairo under Hosni Mubarak. I graduated from Vassar College in 2008 with an A.B. in history and Arabic.
Contact me at frederickdeknatel at gmail dot com. Or visit frederickdeknatel.com.