I am Eva-Maria Maggi (Ph.D.), a professor, writer, and mule packer. I teach courses on Wilderness Policy and Packing and Europe at the University of Montana and international security at the University of Arizona. My dissertation on Europe and Middle East was published as a book with Springer in 2014 and around a dozen of my articles appeared in academic journals and magazines. For the past three years, I spearheaded the Smoke Elser Oral History Project that is the basis of my current book and podcast project.