Freelance Writer, Editor, Photographer and Educator
My name is Michael Luongo. Thanks for visiting my website to learn more about me.
I am an award winning New York and West Lafayette, Indiana-based freelance writer, novelist, editor, photographer, educator and TEDx speaker, concentrating on travel, culture, human rights and other topics. Click on the various pages in this website to learn more about my articles, books, classes, photography lectures and other projects....and where in the world I've been to lately. With experiences in nearly 100 countries and all 7 continents, well, I could be just about anywhere now.......
My Byline has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Penthouse, Smithsonian Magazine, CNN, Bloomberg News, National Geographic Traveler, Christian Science Monitor, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel+Leisure.com, Gay City News, Global Post, Out Traveler, Out, The Irish Times, The Nation, Saturday Evening Post, The Jewish Daily Forward, Perfil, The Daily Beast, The Arab-American Monitor, The New York Post, American Way, Xtra and many other publications and websites.
I am also the author or editor of 16 books, primarily on travel topics.
In addition to my freelance journalism, I am also an academic, currently a PhD student and instructor at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. My research centers on looking at tourism redevelopment after conflict and war, related to much of my decades long journalism work on this subject. I also teach Personal Essay classes online for UCLA’s Extension Writing Program. That’s like coming home for me, since in the late 1980s, I took UCLA summer session Extension classes.
Before going for a PhD, a long-time dream for me, I was a Knight Wallace Journalism Fellowship recipient at the University of Michigan, in the class of 2016. My research there focused on the role travel journalism plays in tourism redevelopment in conflict zones and urban areas in transition. In addition, I taught for the University of Michigan's English Department Writing Program. Afterwards, I taught for the University of Michigan on the Shanghai, China Campus, for a joint program with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which was among the earliest American-Chinese university agreements. After Shanghai, I taught in Hong Kong at Lingnan University, serving as the Writer-in-Residence for the English Department. It was an amazing position to hold, especially considering the turbulence in this former British colony now. I also taught for about 10 years for New York University, creating a class called The Global Traveler.