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At Johns Hopkins, David A. Taylor is a lecturer for the MA in Science Writing program.

Taylor is an author whose books include the award-winning Ginseng, the Divine Root and Soul of a People, which the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ranked among the best books of 2009. His latest book is Cork Wars, which received an Independent Publisher Book Award for world history.

Taylor writes for the Washington Post, Discover, Science, Smithsonian, The Millions, Undark, and Washingtonian. He has written scripts for National Geographic, PBS, Discovery, and Smithsonian channels, and his awards in documentary film include CINE Golden Eagle Awards, TIVA-DC Peer Awards, and a Writers Guild of America award nomination.

Taylor’s work on five continents has been supported by a Career Grant from the National Association of Science Writers, a CASE Media Fellowship, grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities, and fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. With a fellowship from the International Reporting Project, he reported on malaria research and prevention in West Africa. He has also written for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Aga Khan Foundation, and the National Academy of Sciences. He is a member of National Association of Science Writers and the Society of Environmental Journalists and has a bachelor’s degree in English from Davidson College. He has taught at The Writer’s Center and as a PEN/Faulkner visiting writer at Washington, D.C., public schools. He also publishes fiction. To learn more, visit


  • Hawthornden Writing Fellowship, Hawthornden Foundation, April 2022
  • Independent Publisher Book Award, World History, Cork Wars: Intrigue and Industry in World War II, Independent Publisher magazine, 2019

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