Shannon Brownlee, Special Lecturer

Shannon Brownlee, a nationally known essayist and writer whose work has appeared in major magazines and newspapers, is joining the faculty of the Master of Arts in Writing Program in Fall 2007. Brownlee’s writing has appeared in Atlantic MonthlyNew York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Slate, TimeWashington MonthlyWashington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Her book, Overtreated; Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, was released in September 2007. Brownlee’s many awards include: the 2004 Association of Health Care Journalists Award for Excellence, the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting, the National Association of Science Writers Science-in-Society Award, and the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and she has served on the board of the National Association of Science Writers.

She holds a Master of Science in marine sciences, with honors, from the University of California, Santa Cruz. As a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan think tank in Washington, DC, Ms. Brownlee writes and speaks regularly on health care and medical topics. She has lectured at Boston College, Columbia University School of Journalism, the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing New Horizons Meeting, 4th World Congress of Science Writers, Georgetown University, University of California, Berkeley, and elsewhere. Her teaching experience includes serving as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism and Mass Communication, instructor at the Santa Fe Science Writer’s Workshop, and guest lecturer at writing programs at Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, and University of California, Santa Cruz. She lives on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and son.

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