I am a Lecturer and the Writer-in-Residence at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. I write about health, justice, and racism, and I have a book on the way about empathy for Simon & Schuster.

I am a regular contributor to PLOS Public Health Perspectives. I have written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, VICEThe Guardian, Slate, Playboy, and The Nation, and my work has been featured by MSNBC, NPR, HuffPost Live, BET, and Big Think. I've given talks at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Yale, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and other universities.

Currently, I am a faculty affiliate of the Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School. In the past, I've been a researcher for Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Law School's Program on Disability, and Stony Brook's HIV Treatment Development Center.

I hold a Ph.D. and master's in Anthropology from Harvard, a master's in Religion, Ethics, and Politics from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Pennsylvania State University.

I am represented by Chelsea Lindman at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. You can contact me at Jason_Silverstein [at]

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