Howard W. French

I am an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. I am also a longtime former foreign correspondent and senior writer for The New York Times, having worked as a bureau chief in China, Japan, West and Central Africa and Central America and the Caribbean. I am author of a newly published non-fiction book about China's relationship with Africa (Knopf, May 2014) titled China's Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa (click the blue hypertext to see the book's Amazon page). I am previously the author of A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa, and of Disappearing Shanghai, a work of my documentary photography, published in collaboration with the novelist and poet, Qiu Xiaolong. At present I am working on a new non-fiction book for Knopf about the geopolitics of East Asia and the future of Chinese power. I live in New York City and spend the non-academic calendar portions of the year traveling, researching, photographing and teaching, principally in Africa and Asia. In 2010-11 I was a fellow of the Open Society Foundations. My recent writings and samples of my photography can be found on my website. I also tweet at @hofrench