I am a Lecturer and the Writer-in-Residence at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and I am an Instructor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I write about health, politics, and justice, and I have a book on the way about empathy for Simon & Schuster.
I am a regular contributor to VICE's health channel, Tonic. I have written for The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Guardian, Slate, Playboy, and The Nation, and my work has been featured by MSNBC, NPR, HuffPost Live, BET, and Big Think. 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 Ed Maxwell at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. You can contact me at Jason_Silverstein [at] hms.harvard.edu.
Selected Commentaries and Reported Pieces
The Persistence of Whitewashing, The New Republic, May 2018
Americans Are Still Serving Unconstitutional Sentences, The Outline, April 2018
Jim Crow Laws Are Gone But They Are Still Making Black People Sick, VICE, April 2018
When An Overdose Doesn't Kill You, VICE, July 2017
People with Addiction Are Running Out of Places to Finish Their Recovery, VICE, December 2016
Genes Don't Cause Racial-Health Disparities, Society Does, The Atlantic, April 2015
The search for a more humane execution is flawed because there's no such thing, The Guardian, April 2015
Ron McAndrew Is Done Killing People, Esquire, January 2014
The Racial Empathy Gap, Slate, June 2013
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