About R&K

Roads & Kingdoms is an independent journal of food, politics, travel and culture. It was voted the 2013 Gold Winner for Best Travel Journalism Site by the Society of American Travel Writers. The magazine first launched in Burma as a Tumblr that became a home for reports on everything from Burmese civil war to dissident MCs to the perils of rancid crab. R&K is now a fulltime digital magazine based in New York and Barcelona, publishing longform dispatches, interviews and global ephemera daily.

Our current publishing partnerships include The Far Post, a global soccer series with Sports Illustrated; guilty-pleasure Road Foods on Instagram with Men’s Health; and weekly foreign correspondence dispatches with the seriously smart people at Slate.com. We also partner with select brands: email contact @ roadsandkingdoms.com for more information.

“Roads & Kingdoms”, by the way, is cribbed from The Book of Roads & Kingdoms, a phenomenal early travelogue written in the 11th century by Abu Abdullah al-Bakri in Córdoba, now home to a mediocre football club playing in Spain’s second division.


Nathan Thornburgh

Chief Editor / Publisher

Nathan Thornburgh spent much of the last decade working at TIME Magazine as foreign correspondent and editor. He’s reported on everything from cyberwar in Russia (favorite dish: solyanka) to information war in Georgia (favorite dish: khinkali) to the drug wars in Juarez (favorite dish: chilaquiles). Nathan speaks four languages and can point at pictures of food on menus written in 20 others.

Matt Goulding

Chief Editor / Publisher

Matt Goulding is the former food editor of Men's Health and the co-author of the New York Times bestselling series Eat This, Not That. He published his first travel story about being the only American in a Spanish culinary school. In the decade since, he's cooked on boats in Patagonia, worked at a carwash in Barcelona, and taught MCAT courses in the Bay Area. Mostly, though, he has worked in the magazine business, first compiling the Index at Harper's and later covering food and travel for Men's Health. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Food and Wine and New York. He divides his time between the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona and the open skies of rural North Carolina.

Douglas Hughmanick

Chief Creative

Douglas Hughmanick is an award-winning Creative Director/Designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He spent nearly a decade working on visual styling and experiences for brands like Tesla Motors, Namco Bandai Games and Facebook. Formally trained in New Media design with roots in urban street art, Doug manages to get away from the computer as well: From walking the sludge of the Stung Meanchey landfill that 2000+ Cambodians call their homeoffice, to a Grizzly face off in rural Montana to opening shows for hip hop legends MosDef and Talib Kweli as an MC; his perspective for the digital world is balanced by experiences in the real one.

Pauline Eiferman

Associate Editor

Pauline Eiferman was born in Paris and lived in Washington and the UK before moving to New York. She has not one, but two journalism degrees (Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and l’École de Journalisme de Sciences Po Paris). She has worked for Agence France Presse, Creative Time Reports, Monocle Magazine and created a one-issue online magazine about art and the Internet called ”Long Live the New Flesh". For Roads & Kingdoms she covers strip club cooking and interviews amazing photographers from around the world.

Elliot Ross

Global Soccer Editor

Elliot Ross is editor of The Far Post, a Roads & Kingdoms collaboration with Sports Illustrated leading up to the World Cup. As a child, Elliot spent time in a seminary in no-man's land between Zambia and Malawi. Most of the resident priests were German and manufactured their own salami on-site. Aged four, he met Nelson Mandela, who described him as "rather an unfriendly chap". Now based in Brooklyn, NY, he’s a regular contributor to Africa is a Country.

Christine Sanders


Christine Sanders is a writer and producer living in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, television is in her blood: after graduating from New York University she worked for networks like NBC, Food Network and MTV in a variety of creative roles. It was at Food Network that she developed a taste for feijoada and ramen (separately). If she’s not in Brooklyn trying a new restaurant, she can found trying to convince Nathan and Matt to let her cover the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Christ Stromquist

Music Editor

Chris Stromquist is a musician, composer, producer and occasional crowdsurfer living in New York City. When not on tour with bands such as Kultur Shock and Slavic Soul Party! he can be found performing around New York as well as composing and recording in his Brooklyn studio. When in Sarajevo he always eats Ćevapčići. In Buenos Aires his favorite cuts are Asado de tira, Entraña and Vacio. In Berlin or Istanbul he will always eat ișkembe çorbası, even if he's not hung over.

Laura Pérez

Social Media Editor

Laura was born in Igualada, Spain, a small town outside Barcelona mildly obsessed with Catalan independence. She has a masters in online marketing from ITEAP and worked as a marketing publisher for Zinio in their Spain branch. Laura was the fearless producer behind R&K's first international foray, a trip to Burma where she posed as a caterer from New Jersey to gain entrance into the country. She coordinates R&K's channels on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr.