Karen Houppert, Associate Director, Sr. Lecturer
Karen Houppert is the Associate Director of the MA in Writing program at Johns Hopkins. She is the author of three books, was a contributing writer for The Washington Post magazine for several years, and now freelances for various magazines and newspapers, covering social and political issues.
A former staff writer for The Village Voice, she has won many awards for her coverage, including a National Women’s Political Caucus Award, a Newswomen’s Club of New York “Front Page Award,” and multiple Maryland/DC/Delaware Press Association Award in 2015 and 2016. She has also been awarded numerous fellowships, grants and residencies including a 2013 John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Reporting Fellow, a 2012 John Jay Public Welfare Reporting Fellow, a 2008 Kaiser Media Fellow, multiple Nation Institute Investigative grants, and a Casey Journalism fellowship.
Her writing has appeared in a wide variety of publications: The Washington Post Magazine, The New York Times, Newsday, Baltimore City Paper, The Nation, Slate, Salon, Mother Jones, The Village Voice, Ms — and many other media outlets.
She is the author of three nonfiction books: The Curse: Confronting the Last Taboo, Menstruation (FSG, 1999); Home Fires Burning: Married to the Military — for Better or Worse (Ballantine, 2005); and Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice, which was selected as one of the Top 10 Books Investigative books of 2013 by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
She earned her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars.