Charles Dunst is an M.Sc. candidate in International Relations at the London School of Economics and a journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, BBC News, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and HuffPost. He has appeared on ABC News and Newsy.
From September 2018 to May 2019, Dunst was based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a period during which he both broke news and wrote features from Cambodia and Vietnam for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and the Los Angeles Times. He also reported from Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar for outlets including the Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Review of Books, HuffPost, the South China Morning Post, World Politics Review, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and Southeast Asia Globe. He wrote about topics including U.S. deportations to Cambodia and Vietnam, Agent Orange's legacy, Vietnam's persecution of the U.S.'s allies, Cambodia's crackdowns, and Israel-Myanmar relations. He continues to write about Southeast Asia; these pieces have appeared on BBC News and in The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, Haaretz, the Lowy Institute's The Interpreter, the Washington Monthly, and Just Security.
From May through September 2018, Dunst worked as an editorial fellow at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a century-old wire service in New York City. He covered Jewish politics, U.S.-Israel relations, and Israeli foreign policy; his work was regularly syndicated in Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post.
Dunst has also written about LGBTQ issues for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and on various other topics including 'BoJack Horseman,' U.S.-Hungary relations, and Andorran soccer for The New York Times, The American Prospect, The Forward, Tablet, The Hill, and These Football Times. He has reported from Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Andorra, Hungary, and the United States.
In 2018, Dunst graduated cum laude with concentration honors in World Politics from Hamilton College, where he served as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, the college newspaper. He was the 2018 recipient of Hamilton's Walter Pilkington Memorial Prize, which is given to the student who has rendered distinguished journalistic service. He was also a 2018 recipient of Hamilton's Antoine Du Borg Award, which supports students conducting honors thesis research. In May 2018, Dunst was inducted into the Tau Kappa chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Honor Society for students of government.
Dunst received his high school diploma from the Dalton School in 2014.
Top image: Fishermen in the Gulf of Thailand, off the coast of Kampot, Cambodia. (Photo by Charles Dunst)
Bottom image: Montagnards preparing meat in Kontum Province, Vietnam. (Photo by Charles Dunst)