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Karen Houppert is the author of three nonfiction books, Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice (New Press, 2013), which investigates the country’s broken public defender system, Home Fires Burning (Ballantine, 2005), which chronicles a year in the life of military wives with husbands deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and The Curse (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999), which examines the culture of concealment surrounding menstruation.

Her reporting has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The Washington Post Magazine, Newsday, The Nation, Salon, Mother Jones, Ms, and Baltimore City Paper. A former staff writer for The Village Voice, she moved to Baltimore in 2006 and began reporting on the city for Urbanite and The Washington Post Magazine and then served as editor of Baltimore City Paper.

She is the Program Director of the MA in Writing, the MA in Science Writing, and the MA in Teaching Writing programs at Hopkins and has taught at NYU, Towson, and Morgan State.

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