- BA Smith College (English and Philosophy)
MS M.I.T. (Philosophy)
MS Columbia University Graduate School
- Favorite Spot on Campus
- Any place where there are trees, especially in the fall, which is when I'm on campus.
- Favorite Place in Washington DC
- Folger Shakespeare Library and looking up at Claes Oldenburg’s giant typewriter eraser in the National Art Museum’s Sculpture Garden
- Book Currently Reading
- “Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Soren Kierkegaard,” by Clare Carlisle
I was a reporter at Sports Illustrated for
nine years, then a projects writer at The
Newark Star-Ledger where I won the
Pulitzer Prize in feature writing in 2011. (I was a
finalist in 2009.)
Most recently, I was a science writer at
The Washington Post until 2019, then
left to teach and write books full-time. I
am the author of three works of nonfiction, two of them NYT bestsellers: “The The Teenage Brain“
and “Becoming Nicole.” I am currently working on
a new book, "American Madness," a narrative
history of mental illness and mental health treatment in the United States.
I collect old typewriters, 1950s Bowman baseball cards (because the miniature paintings are so beautiful -- and I love the sport) and when I have long stretches of free time -- yeah, right -- I like to sculpt clay figures.
The only club of which I am an official member is the Cloud Appreciation Society. (They have a fabulous cloud-of-the-month catalogue!)
COMM-719 Longform Storytelling