Andrew Gustafson

About me.

I was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. Don't speak ill of my hometown, and I won't speak ill of yours. The best time I ever had in my life was when I traveled by train seven hours each way in a single day to attend a bandy (a Russian version of ice hockey) game outdoors in Irkutsk, Russia. Whatever I am doing at this very moment, I would probably rather be skiing. If you can tell me what the banner on my site is supposed to be, then it means that you (a) know something about radios, (b) know something about Russia, and therefore (c) we should probably be friends.

My work.

I am currently working on completing my Master's Thesis in Geography (for more on my academic work, see Research or my C.V.) while also working part-time for a Brooklyn based tour company called Urban Oyster. I conduct research for new and existing tours, I write for and manage the company's blog and other online media, and I design maps and other printed materials for tours (for a gallery of my work, see Maps).

I also do freelance work in all of these fields – writing, graphic design, cartography and editing.

Writing. I have experience writing on topics related to New York City history and culture, American and international politics, sports, and a number of subjects related to Russia and the former Soviet Union. For selections of my writing and interests, check out the Writing and Research sections.

Maps. I love making maps, and I am trained as a cartographer. I have made maps commissioned by private companies, non-profit groups, and individuals. I also like to work on my own personal projects, give ideas I have cartographic expression and explore the boundaries of what sort of information a paper map can relay. Please visit the Maps section to see a selection of my maps and clients.

Translation. I am fluent in both written and spoken Russian, and I have worked as a translator for a newswire service and done freelance work for Harper's Magazine. I am available for translation commissions and to work as an interpreter.
The now-famous subway map costume, Halloween 2009, on the G train.