“Shaer sneaks us in to this closed-off society and makes sense of its complexities.”
— THE NEW YORK TIMES
Matthew Shaer is a writer-at-large at the New York Times Magazine and a correspondent for Smithsonian Magazine. His long-form reporting appears regularly in publications like The Atlantic, New York, Harper’s, Wired, and Men's Journal.
In recent years, Shaer has reported from Egypt, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Brazil, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, Mexico, Myanmar, Lithuania, Greece, Eastern Russia, Western Africa, and the Syrian borderlands. His 2014 dispatch from the Seychelles was part of a Polk Award-winning project on offshore corruption.
Shaer is a graduate of New York University’s MFA program in creative writing, and has taught at The New School, Drew University, and NYU. In past lives, he was a fry cook, a bike messenger, and a staff writer for Cash Cab. A native of Massachusetts, he lives in Atlanta.