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Harriet A. Washington

Medical Writer

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.

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

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. She subsequently worked as a Page One editor at USA Today newspaper, before winning a fellowship from the Harvard School of Public Health. 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.

In 2007, Washington’s third book, Medical Apartheid won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. The book has been described as “the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans.”

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.

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