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Sonia Shah  

Investigative Science Journalist & Prize-Winning Author

Sonia Shah is a science journalist and prize-winning author. Her latest book, “The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move,” is set to release on June 6, 2020.

Shah’s 2017 book, “Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond,” was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and as a finalist for the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in science/technology, the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the National Association of Science Writers’ Science in Society Award.

Her 2010 book, “The Fever,” was long-listed for the Royal Society’s Winton Prize. Her writing on science, politics, and human rights has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Scientific American and elsewhere and has been featured on CNN, RadioLab, Fresh Air, and TED.com, where her talk, “Three Reasons We Still Haven’t Gotten Rid of Malaria” has been viewed by over 1,000,000 people around the world.

Her 2006 drug industry exposé, “The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients,” winner of the Prix Prescrire award, has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as "a tautly argued study…a trenchant exposé…meticulously researched and packed with documentary evidence," and as "important [and] powerful" by The New England Journal of Medicine. The book has enjoyed wide international distribution, including French, Japanese, and Italian editions.

Her 2004 book, “Crude: The Story of Oil (Seven Stories),” was described as "brilliant" and "beautifully written" by The Guardian and "required reading" by The Nation, and has been widely translated, from Japanese, Greek, and Italian to Bahasa Indonesia.

Her "raw and powerful" 1997 collection, “Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire,” still in print after more than 15 years, continues to be required reading at colleges and universities across the country.

A former writing fellow of the Nation Institute and the Puffin Foundation, Shah has been featured on current affairs shows around the United States, on outlets such as NPR as well as the BBC and Australia's Radio National.

A frequent keynote speaker, Shah has lectured at universities and colleges across the country, including Columbia's Earth Institute, MIT, Harvard, Brown, Georgetown and elsewhere. She holds a BA in journalism, philosophy, and neuroscience from Oberlin College, and lives with molecular ecologist Mark Bulmer and their two sons Zakir and Kush.

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