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ARTICLES AND ESSAYS

I began my career in the U.K. as a journalist, working as a reporter, feature writer and sub-editor for the Evening Post, a large-circulation newspaper in West Yorkshire (1970–1973).  From 1973, I worked as a news writer, assignment editor and producer for Calendar, Yorkshire Television's popular nightly news magazine program, viewed throughout Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Humberside, Teeside and the north Midlands.  The demands of daily news deadlines took their toll, and in 1978 I left the U.K. for the U.S. to study broadcasting and film at the University of Kansas.  Academic study took me away from journalism, but I've never lost my love of research, interviewing, reporting and, especially, writing.  Over the years. I've earned a few bylines and some money writing articles and essays for news outlets including the Christian Science Monitor, Times Higher Education, Columbus Dispatch, Charleston Gazette and other print and online mediaI've turned some of my historical research into more popular form for History Today, AmericanHeritage.com, and History News Network.  I’ve done ghostwriting and editing for other writers—a travel memoir for an Australian woman escaping from a bad relationship, a thriller about a rogue KGB agent who foils a complex plot to overthrow Russia’s first post-Soviet government. And I've had fun (but earned no money) writing essays for eclectic literary outlets such as Broad Street and The Montreal Review.

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Social science research in Madagascar--It's a jungle

David Mould had to navigate cartoon lemurs and other barriers in order to help local academics study factors hindering development. Times Higher Education, June 30, 2016.

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Down with Stonewall Jackson! He's just like Lenin

Are there lessons from post-Soviet history for current controversies over Civil War statues and memorials? History News Network, September 10, 2017.

From Times Higher Education:

Cast adrift: An adventure in academic editing, June 19, 2014. David Mould on fine-tuning the work of a global group of novice researchers.

Realpolitik: A Fulbright Fellow in Astana, September 5, 2013. How did David Mould end up teaching journalism in Kazakhstan’s frozen capital? He was a political pawn, he says.

Time and motion studies, February 28, 2013. Not only do medieval travellers’ tales provide students with a compelling account of history rooted in personal experience, they also promote cross-cultural understanding in the present day, argues David Mould.

Off Piste - Unfamiliar territory, January 3, 2013. To many in the West, Central Asia is a bewildering array of indistinguishable nations. But if you take the time to get to know them, argues David Mould, the ‘stans’ are fascinating individuals.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! July 26, 2012. Mascots, especially animals, play a big role in the multibillion-dollar business of US university marketing. Is it all just fun, asks David Mould, or have we gone too far in allowing corporatised Bobcats, Panthers, Eagles and Owls the run of campus?

Insecure in the knowledge, March 22, 2012. As old-style lifelong tenure fades out in the US, institutions are having to invent new systems by which they can define and judge scholarship, David Mould discovers.

Warming to life in the hot zone, January 12, 2012. That people should be moved out of a former nuclear test site seemed a no-brainer. But spending time with those affected led two researchers to revise their views. David Mould reports.

FROM THE MONTREAL REVIEW

Space Junk (March 2013)

Buckwild and Downton Abbey: TV's Social Reality (January 2013)

Central Asia Frequent Flier (January 2012)

Winter Postcards from the Kazakh Steppe (December 2011)

REGIONAL ARTICLES

"Regeneration--Back to the Salt Brines," Create West Virginia 2014

 





Britain's imperial mission, and how I failed it

Broad Street (literary magazine), November 18, 2017.

My memoir of the nine worst years of my life at a British boarding school

My memoir of the nine worst years of my life at a British boarding school

FROM THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR:

Seven-star service [a rough guide to Dushanbe's largest hotel] (September 22, 2009)

Camping indoors, Soviet style (May 16, 2006)

More pomp than circumstance, please [on commencement ceremonies] (May 27, 2005)

Lenin and sheep on main drag set tone of Kyrgyz revolution (March 31, 2005)

TRAVEL ARTICLES

No time for the lion park—Nairobi Airport, Kenya, InTheKnow Traveler, December 7, 2018

Travel in Madagascar: Vive le Renault 4L, hackwriters.com

Fiji UnpackagedTravelMag, November 7, 2006.

From Charleston Gazette-Mail:

Not fit for the thrift store of political rhetoric (commentary), June 21, 2018

To Mayor Jones, from the ‘Commie East End’ (letter), July 8, 2017

HISTORY ARTICLES

Fading, Crumbling Images of Soviet History, History Today, Vol 58: 1 (January 2008)

The branding of Lewis and ClarkTravelMag, March 27, 2006

Too Much Lewis & Clark History? History News Network, August 14, 2006.

Lewis and Clark and the Indians: "They're Not My Heroes," AmericanHeritage.com, September 23, 2005

Why Indians Aren't Celebrating the Lewis and Clark ExpeditionHistory News Network, August 15, 2005.

FROM TRANSITIONS ONLINE, WHICH COVERS POLITICAL, SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL TRENDS IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION AND EASTERN EUROPE:

Going Digital, Playing Politics (November 1, 2012)

Between Deutschland and Karaganda (August 29, 2011)

In Kazakhstan, the Grass is Greener at the Nuclear Test Site (June 9, 2011)

Kazakhstan Needs its Vegetables (May 4, 2011)

Independent, With an Asterisk (April 7, 2011)

The Can't Win Candidate (March 28, 2011)

 

RECENT 

WITH THE RUSSIANS AT THE FRONT  To mark the 100th anniversary of a reporting trip to Russia by Chicago Tribune editor Robert R. McCormick with photographer Donald Thompson(above right), I gave a public lecture to a large crowd at the McCormick Museum in Wheaton, Illinois, in June. The museum had obtained a copy of the the Thompson/McCormick film With the Russians at the Front (unfortunately, only about half the original firm has survived). During my visit, I had time to go through correspondence and diaries in the McCormick archives, which yielded more information about the 1915 trip and Thompson's later exploits.

WITH THE RUSSIANS AT THE FRONT

To mark the 100th anniversary of a reporting trip to Russia by Chicago Tribune editor Robert R. McCormick with photographer Donald Thompson(above right), I gave a public lecture to a large crowd at the McCormick Museum in Wheaton, Illinois, in June. The museum had obtained a copy of the the Thompson/McCormick film With the Russians at the Front (unfortunately, only about half the original firm has survived). During my visit, I had time to go through correspondence and diaries in the McCormick archives, which yielded more information about the 1915 trip and Thompson's later exploits.