Sonia Shah

Investigative journalist Sonia Shah will present “Poverty, Race, and Medical Practice” on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at The College of Wooster.


Investigative Journalist to Address ‘Poverty, Race, and Medical Practice’

Sonia Shah to visit The College of Wooster Nov. 12-13

October 29, 2013 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Investigative journalist Sonia Shah will present “Poverty, Race, and Medical Practice” on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is affiliated with this year’s Wooster Forum (“Facing Race”) and will be held at Wooster’s Center for Diversity and Engagement (Babcock Hall, 1315 Beall Ave.).

The author of several critically acclaimed, prize-winning books on science, human rights, and international politics, most recently The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years, Shah is a former writing fellow of the Nation Institute and the Puffin Foundation, and has been featured on NPR and elsewhere. A frequent keynote speaker, Shah has lectured at colleges and universities across the country. Her writing on science, global health, and politics has appeared in a range of publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Scientific American and Foreign Affairs. She has also appeared on A&E and the BBC. Her work has been supported by The Nation Investigative Fund and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.

Shah’s other books include the 2006 drug industry exposé, The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients, which won the Prix Prescrire award and has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as "a tautly argued study…a trenchant exposé…meticulously researched and packed with documentary evidence.” Her 2004 book, Crude: The Story of Oil, has been described as "brilliant" and "beautifully written" by The Guardian and "required reading" by The Nation, while her 1997 collection, Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire, continues to be required reading at many colleges and universities across the country.

Born to Indian immigrants in New York City in 1969, Shah grew up being shuttled between the northeastern United States, where her parents practiced medicine, and Mumbai and Bangalore, India, where her extended working-class family lived. She holds a degree in journalism, philosophy, and neuroscience from Oberlin College.

Additional information about Shah’s visit and lecture is available by phone (330-263-2472) or e-mail.