Columbia Journalism School

Howard French


Howard  French

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Associate Professor

Howard W. French received his B.A. in political science 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 Abidjan. His career in journalism began as a freelance reporter for The Washington Post and other publications in West Africa. He joined The New York Times in 1986, and worked as a metropolitan reporter with the newspaper for three years, and then from 1990 to 2008 reported overseas for The Times as bureau chief for Central America and the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan and the Koreas, and China, based in Shanghai. During this time, his coverage was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; he was twice the recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award, and his work received numerous other awards.

From 2005 to 2008 alongside his correspondence 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" (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), which was named non-fiction book of the year by several newspapers.

His book of documentary photograph, Disappearing Shanghai: Photographs and Poems of an Intimate Way of Life, was published in 2012 by Homa and Sekey. It was produced in collaboration with the Chinese poet and novelist, Qiu Xiaolong.

He is also the author of “China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa, which was published by Knopf in May 2014. China's Second Continent was named one of 100 Notable Books of 2014 by The New York Times, and was cited by The Economist, The Guardian and Foreign Affairs as one of the best books of 2014.

French was a 2011-2012 fellow of the Open Society Foundations. (blog)

Twitter: @hofrench

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