Based in New York City, Sean Carlson is completing his first book, a nonfictional narrative of immigration and change through a family story spanning Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His essays have appeared in the Irish Times, the New York Daily News, USA Today, and elsewhere. In addition to editorial and special projects with Yahoo, he leads training programs with the International Center for Journalists.
From 2006 until 2012, Sean managed global communications and public affairs at Google. He co-founded TechRaking, a technology and journalism summit with the Center for Investigative Reporting, worked closely with acquisitions like ITA Software and Zagat, hosted developer festivals in Southeast Asia, and delivered frequent lectures and training sessions at newsrooms, classrooms, and conferences.
Sean previously held internships with the Consulate-General of Ireland in Sydney and Fleishman-Hillard in Boston. At the age of 15 he founded Just Another Scene, a website he ran for several years as a resource for independent music across New England. He sits on the board of directors of the nonprofit Irish American Writers & Artists. The Irish Echo named him one of its Top 40 Under 40.
A recipient of the full-tuition Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship and member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society, Sean graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in political science (summa cum laude with distinction) and a B.S. in communication (summa cum laude). He also studied Northern Irish politics at Boston College and comparative politics at the University of California at Berkeley.
First traveling internationally when he was only eight weeks old, Sean has visited more than 45 countries. He lived in Ireland while conducting book research and continues to travel extensively to learn and share people's stories.