Howard W. French

Public Speaker in New York

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My latest work of non-fiction is titled "Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Explain China's Push for Global Power," published by Knopf in March 2017:

I am a 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. I'm also president of IRIN, the humanitarian news agency, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and a member of the board of the Columbia Journalism Review.

My most recent previous book, about China's relationship with Africa (Knopf, 2014) is titled China's Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa. "Second Continent" was named by The New York Times, The Economist and by The Guardian as one of the most notable books of the year.

My previous books are "A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa," and "Disappearing Shanghai: Photographs and Poems of an Intimate Way of Life," a collection of my documentary photography, published with original poetry by Qiu Xiaolong.

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