Alison Bass

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Alison Bass is a journalist and author who teaches journalism at West Virginia University.[1] Her nonfiction book, Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial, won the prestigious NASW Science in Society Award in 2009.[2] She is also author of the forthcoming book,Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law [3] (Fall 2015), which weaves the true stories of sex workers with extensive research to make a compelling argument for decriminalizing consensual adult prostitution. Her book argues that U.S. laws criminalizing prostitution are not only largely ineffective in curbing the sex trade, but create an atmosphere that encourages the exploitation of sex workers and violence against all women.

Bass was a longtime medical and science writer for The Boston Globe and her work has also appeared in Harvard University's Nieman Reports, The Miami Herald, Psychology Today and Technology Review, among other publications. She writes a blog at [4] about public health issues. Before coming to West Virginia as an Assistant Professor of Journalism, Bass taught at Brandeis University and Mount Holyoke College.

In 2007, she won an Alicia Patterson Fellowship[5] to write Side Effects, which was published by Algonquin Press in 2008.


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