I am an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. I am also a 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.
My most recent work of non-fiction is a 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 visit the book's Amazon page). "2nd Continent" was named by The New York Times, The Economist and by The Guardian as one of the most notable books of the year.
I am also previously the author of A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa, and of Disappearing Shanghai, an edited collection of my documentary photography, published with original poetry by Qiu Xiaolong.
I am presently completing a new non-fiction book for Knopf about the history of Chinese power and the geopolitics of East Asia.
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
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