Harriet A. Washington is an American writer and medical ethicist. She is the author of the book ''Medical Apartheid'', which won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.


Washington was Health and Science editor of the Rochester ''Democrat and Chronicle''. In 1990, she was awarded the New Horizons Traveling Fellowship by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. She subsequently worked as a Page One editor at ''USA Today'' newspaper, before winning a fellowship from the Harvard School of Public Health. In 1997, she won a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University, and in 2002 was named a research fellow in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School. In 2007, Washington's third book, ''Medical Apartheid'' won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. The book has been described as "the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans." In 2019, she published ''A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind'', which explores how poor people of color disproportionately suffer from environmental disasters. Washington was a Visiting Scholar at the DePaul University College of Law and is now a Bennett Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute of the University of Las Vegas at Nevada. Washington has been interviewed by NPR and ''Democracy Now!''.

Selected bibliography

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Personal life

Washington was born in Fort Dix, New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 1976 with a B.A. in English literature and later completed an M.A. in journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2247564/harriet-washington/ Washington lives in Manhattan. She was married to Ron DeBose from 1992 until his death in 2013.https://obits.democratandchronicle.com/obituaries/democratandchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=ronnie-debose&pid=167078425&fhid=13394


External links

Harriet A. Washington biography
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