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Claudia Dreifus

Self Description

October 2008: "Claudia Dreifus writes about the lives of American and international scientists in her popular interview column in the Science Times section of The New York Times, "A Conversation with..." When the scientific honor society Sigma Xi made her an honorary member last year, they described her as "a pioneering and original force in making science accessible."

Ms. Dreifus' interviews with leading figures in world politics, particularly with emerging women leaders, have appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Ms., The Nation, Playboy, The Progressive, Mother Jones, Premiere, Town and Country, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Mirabella and AARP's The Magazine, where she is a contributing editor, and many others.

Two collections of her interviews, Scientific Conversations: Interviews on Science from the New York Times, and Interview, are used as texts in journalism classes throughout the world.

Ms. Dreifus has reported from Chile, Nicaragua, Burma and Pakistan. Last year, the American Society of Journalists and Authors awarded her its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. She teaches "Magazine Writing With An International Dateline" at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

She is currently co-authoring a book, Higher Education? with the political scientist, Andrew Hacker to be published in September of 2009 by Holt/Times Books."

Third-Party Descriptions


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) New York Times Source Aug 10, 2009
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) Organization Oct 30, 2008
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) World Policy Institute (WPI) Organization Oct 30, 2008
Cooperation (past or present) Friend (past or present) Andrew Hacker Person Oct 30, 2008

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Apr 07, 2011 College Professor Rankings In Texas Spark National Debate

QUOTE: While one faculty member at Texas A&M earned more than $500,000 each year, the average counterpart at its College Station campus made around $120,000... Academia is clubby, professors' performances hard to gauge, and parents and students can easily become financially indentured in their quest for a small piece of the American Dream... "We see an enormous variation in what people do and what they get paid to do it."

Huffington Post
Aug 10, 2009 Scientist Tackles Ethical Questions of Space Travel: A Conversation With Paul Root Wolpe

QUOTE: NASA does hundreds of research studies. Every astronaut who goes into space is, essentially, a human research subject... One of the things I [bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe] do is look over the research protocols and make sure they are in compliance with earth-bound regulations about informed consent and health and safety.

New York Times