Harriet A. Washington

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Harriet Washington
Washington at the 2015 Texas Book Festival
Washington at the 2015 Texas Book Festival
Born (1951-10-05) October 5, 1951 (age 67)[1]
Fort Dix, New Jersey
Notable worksMedical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present

Harriet A. Washington is an American writer. She is the author of the book Medical Apartheid, which won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.[2]

Washington was born in Fort Dix, New Jersey.[1] She is a graduate of the University of Rochester and of Columbia University.[3]


Washington was Health and Science editor of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. In 1990, she was awarded the New Horizons Traveling Fellowship by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.[4] She subsequently worked as a Page One editor at USA Today newspaper, before winning a fellowship from the Harvard School of Public Health.[3] In 1997, she won a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University, and in 2002 was named a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School.[5]

In 2007, Washington's third book, Medical Apartheid won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.[2] The book has been described as "the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans."[6]

Washington was a Visiting Scholar at the DePaul University College of Law and is now a Bennett Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute of the University of Las Vegas at Nevada.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Washington lives in Manhattan with her husband.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Washington, Harriet A." Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  2. ^ a b "National Book Critics Circle: NBCC Award Winners 2007". Critical Mass Blog. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  3. ^ a b c "Rochester Review". University of Rochester. Summer 2005. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  4. ^ "New Horizons Traveling Fellowship Recipients". Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  5. ^ "Harriet A. Washington (Keynote)". The Center for Translational and Basic Research. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  6. ^ "Summary and reviews of Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington". BookBrowse. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  7. ^ "Harriet A. Washington". HuffPost. Retrieved 2018-07-30.

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