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Howard W. French

Research Scholar in the Faculty of Journalism
School: 
Journalism
Office: 
809 Journalism, MC 3801, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Email: 
hofrench@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-854-0163
Appointments
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi
Biography

Howard French received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He worked as a French-English translator in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in the early 1980s, and taught English literature at the University of Ivory Coast. His career in journalism began as a freelance reporter for The Washington Post and many other publications in West Africa. He was hired by The New York Times in 1986, and worked as a metropolitan reporter for three years, and from 1990 to 2008 reported for The Times as bureau chief for Central America and the Caribbean, West Africa, Japan and the Koreas, and China in Shanghai. During this time, his work was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; he was twice the recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award, and he has also won the Grantham Environmental Award, among other awards. From 2005 to 2008 alongside his work for The Times, Mr. French was a weekly columnist on global affairs for the International Herald Tribune.

He is the author of  "A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa" (2004), which was named non-fiction book of the year by several newspapers, and won the 2005 American Library Association Black Caucus Award for Non-Fiction, and was runner up for the Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage and for the Hurston Wright Foundation's non-fiction prize. Other awards include an honorary doctorate from the University of Maryland. His work has been published in The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Transition, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Crisis, and Travel and Leisure. He is also a documentary photographer, whose work, "Disappearing Shanghai," has been displayed in Asia, Europe and North America. French is a fellow of the Open Society Foundations and is presently researching a book about Chinese migration to Africa, under contract with Alfred A. Knopf.

Research & Other Works
Article
Unconventional combinations of prospective parents: ethical challenges faced by IVF providers
Article
How much is a child worth? Providers’ and patients’ views and responses concerning ethical and policy challenges in paying for ART
Article
Linguistic and Cultural Challenges in Communication and Translation in US-Sponsored HIV Prevention Research in Emerging Economies
Article
Pleasing doctors: when it gets in the way
Article
"Post-Residency Disease" and the Medical Self: Identity, Work, and Health Care Among Doctors Who Become Patients
Coercion and undue influence in decisions to participate in psychiatric research – methodological issues
Article
From anonymity to “open doors”: IRB responses to tensions with researchers
Article
How local IRBs view central IRBs in the US
Article
The Ethics Police?: IRBs' Views Concerning Their Power
Article
“Members of the Same Club”: Challenges and Decisions Faced by US IRBs in Identifying and Managing Conflicts of Interest
Article
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis on in vitro fertilization clinic websites: presentations of risks, benefits and other information
 

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