Max Miller is Big Think's Assistant Managing Editor, in charge of setting daily content of the website and interviewing the illustrious experts that come through Big Think's studio. During his time at Big Think, he has had the pleasure to interview many of the world's thought leaders, including Malcolm Gladwell, Edward Norton, Garry Kasparov, Salman Rushdie, and Julian Schnabel.
Before becoming a Big Thinker, Max lived in Hanoi for a year, where stuffed himself on bun cha and served as the Associate Executive Editor of Vietnam Financial Review, the only independent English-language financial magazine in Vietnam.
Max graduated from Princeton University, where he received an A.B. in English.
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