Ethan Casey is a veteran international journalist, editor, and author, who frequently writes about life in Haiti, Pakistan and several Asian countries. Dr. Paul Farmer has called Casey’s latest book, Bearing the Bruise: A Life Graced by Haiti, “a heartfelt account” that “gives readers an informed perspective on many of the political and social complexities that vex those who seek to make common cause with Haiti.”
Casey’s earlier book Alive and Well in Pakistan: A Human Journey in a Dangerous Time(2004) has been called “magnificent” by Ahmed Rashid, author of Taliban and Descent into Chaos, “intelligent and compelling … the insights of a singular, clear-eyed and human traveler” by Booker Prize-shortlisted novelist Mohsin Hamid, and “wonderful … a model of travel writing” by Edwidge Danticat. His follow-up, Overtaken By Events: A Pakistan Road Trip (2010), has been praised as “compulsively readable” by Pakistani novelist Bapsi Sidhwa and “a clear-eyed and sympathetic account of life in this important but much misunderstood country” by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University.
Based in Bangkok in the 1990s, he worked as a foreign correspondent writing for The Globe and Mail, the Boston Globe, the South China Morning Post, and the Observer News Service, among other publications. He also traveled throughout the subcontinent in the 1990s, including Jammu & Kashmir State near the height of the separatist rebellion there, a period he chronicles in the early chapters of Alive and Well in Pakistan. In 2003-4 he spent a semester as a founding faculty member of the School of Media and Communication at Beaconhouse National University in Lahore.
Based in London from 1998 until 2005, he covered crises in Zimbabwe and Haiti and edited several book-length article collections, notably 09/11 8:48 a.m.: Documenting America’s Greatest Tragedy (in collaboration with Jay Rosen and the New York University Department of Journalism), published at the end of September 2001. John Sutherland in The Guardian called 09/11 8:48 a.m. “choral … subjected to stringent editing … more complete (because truer to the event) than if it arrived next Easter.”
In his writing and frequent public speaking, Casey works especially to help improve Americans’ awareness of both the historic and the contemporary situations in Pakistan and Haiti.