Joseph Pearson is a writer and historian, author of the books My Grandfather’s Knife (HarperCollins, The History Press, forthcoming 2022) and Berlin (Reaktion Press, 2017). His work has appeared in the New England Review, AGNI, PRISM International and many other publications, and he is the author of one of Berlin’s favourite blogs, The Needle. Since 2014, he has been the essayist of the Schaubühne Theatre. He lectures in Berlin at a German university, the Barenboim-Said Akademie.


1994 The United World College of the Adriatic, Duino, Italy.

1998 MPhil European Studies, University of Cambridge, UK.

2001 PhD History, University of Cambridge, UK.

Work Background


Positions at international organisations, mostly as a press attaché (the United Nations Development Program in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; the European Commission in Brussels; and an OSCE Project in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan). 


Return to writing, history, and university lecturing (Columbia University’s Core Curriculum and New York University). Since 2017, lecturer at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin, which brings together artists from the Middle East in the interest of peace.


Odds and Ends

Since 2008, author of the Berlin blog: The Needle.

Co-Founder of the Agosto Arts Collective.

Fluent in English, German, French, and Italian. Reasonably bad Arabic.


Literary and Broadcast Inquiries

Joseph Pearson is represented by Peters Fraser Dunlop Agency in London. 

Professional inquiries may be directed to his agent:

Annabel Merullo
55 New Oxford Street

T: +44(0)20 7344 1000
F: +44(0)20 7836 9539


Academic and Other Inquiries

Please see his faculty page at the Barenboim-Said Academy or use the social media links above.


I acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.