In the summer of 2016, I recorded my first Nomadic Professor video, on the Arabian Peninsula. The sound quality was so bad that I just can't bring myself to use it.

Back in occupied Deseret, my family packed into a Mazda 5 and camped our way across North America for twelve weeks, filming more on-location mini-lectures along the way. After putting twenty or so together, we all got on a plane and flew to Japan. Eight videos later, we were in Korea doing the same thing.

As of this writing, we continue to live nomadically, spending about five days in one place before packing up and moving on to the next one. This website is a repository for my videos (and anything else I feel like putting up). Someday I plan to offer full courses here, but for now my focus is on creating videos.

I want to make a thousand of them, on every continent, in every country, spanning the breadth of human history.

Learning in a classroom or from a book can be highly rewarding, but a new element of engagement can be introduced by providing a genuine setting. All history has a setting, an actual, physical, specific backdrop. Place: that's what I hope to capture and add to the history-learning experience.

You need only watch one of my videos to see immediately that I'm no professional videographer; right now I use a GoPro with a decent stabilizer and film myself. Despite my own technical limitations, I hope the videos are interesting and engaging.

Unsuccessful attempt to film in windy Iceland.

The family, moments before heading off. We haven't stopped since.


The Nomadic Professor holds a Bachelor’s in Asian Studies (Brigham Young University), a Master’s in Humanities (Penn State), and a Ph.D. in History from Syracuse University, where his research focused on a major religio-political schism within South Asian revivalist Islam and its impact on the making of modern India and Pakistan.

He has since been employed at several colleges and universities, teaching U.S. history, Western civilization, the history of the Middle East, Asian history, international relations, world history, South Asian religion-and-politics, historical methods, and European imperialism. Before his graduate studies, he worked as a South Asia analyst in the Washington, D.C. area.

The author of multiple books and articles, he is currently working on two monographs: a history of the Deobandi-Barelvi rivalry in Pakistan and a history of the weeks leading up to the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

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