Aneurin Canham-Clyne is from New Haven, Connecticut, and he received an undergrad degree in history from Tufts University. While there, he focused on two major topics, the first being the development of Iran as a political unit, with a particular focus on relations between the Roman and Sassanid Empires, and the later collapse of the Safavid dynasty. The second topic was the development of revolutionary movements in the Atlantic world, focusing particularly on the Haitian revolution of 1791-1804, and later the crisis of the German Social Democratic movement from 1914-23.
Canham-Clyne is drawn to investigative reporting because it is one of the main tools for accountability and transparency available to everyday people. He believes it is journalists' jobs to ask why the world is the way it is, to describe and challenge the contours of the present, and to be a friend of the people.