Howard French’s work has been published in The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Rolling Stone, Transition, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Crisis, and Travel and Leisure. He has authored “China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa” and "A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa". He is presently researching a book about the geopolitics of East Asia. He is also a documentary photographer, whose book, "Disappearing Shanghai: Images and Poems of an Intimate Way of Life," with Qiu Xiaolong, was published in 2012.
French was twice the recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award, and he has also won the Grantham Environmental Award, among other awards, including an honorary doctorate from the University of Maryland. French was also a 2011 fellow of the Open Society Foundations.
Professor French received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and later 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. From 2005 to 2008 alongside his work for The Times, Mr. French was a weekly columnist on global affairs for the International Herald Tribune.
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