I am a freelance writer, author, and PhD student who has written for the New York Times, National Geographic, Business Insider, the Financial Times Press, and others. My graduate work currently looks at cryptocurrencies and behavioral economics.

I am the author of Marijuana Medicine, a National Geographic special edition issue on medical cannabis, released in late 2019. I wrote major sections of National Geographic’s The Civil War: A Traveler’s Guide. My writing also appeared in National Geographic’s Atlas of The Civil War special issue magazine.

I am the author of the Zika Prevention Handbook, published by Skyhorse in October 2016. I’m the co-author of Shock Markets, published by the Financial Times Press. A Chinese edition of Shock Markets was released in autumn 2015.

I was shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize in 2015, 2016, and 2020.


With Kristin Wong, I co-founded Come Write With Us, a freelance writing course and online resource for writers.

I am also the founder of Poetry Culture.

I created Take Risks Be Happy, an online magazine for creatives, travelers, and entrepreneurs.


I graduated with a degree in International Business from the University of Hong Kong. I lived in China for 5 years and studied Mandarin at Beijing Language and Culture University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I am currently pursuing a PhD from the University of Wollongong.

get in touch: alex (at) alxndrwbb.com