Alison Bass

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Alison Bass is a journalist and author who teaches journalism at West Virginia University.[1] Her new nonfiction book, Getting Screwed: Sex Work and the Law,[2] due out Oct. 5, weaves the true stories of sex workers with the latest research on prostitution into a gripping journalistic narrative. 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. Her first book, Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial, won the prestigious NASW Science in Society Award in 2009.[3]

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.


  1. ^ "Alison Bass | Reed College of Media | West Virginia University". Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  2. ^ "Alison Bass, Professor and Journalist". 2015-05-12. Retrieved 2015-08-30. ,
  3. ^ Cybrarian (September 13, 2001). "2009 Science in Society Awards". National Association of Science Writers. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ Allison Blog
  5. ^ Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship

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