I am a Lecturer and the Writer-in-Residence at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and the co-director of the Media, Medicine, and Health program. I write about health, politics, and justice.
I am a regular contributor to Men's Health, writing lately about conspiracy theories and all things coronavirus. I have written for VICE, 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.
You can contact me at Jason_Silverstein [at] hms.harvard.edu.
Selected Commentaries and Reported Pieces
Why Truck Drivers Should Be Next in Line for the Vaccine, Men's Health, December 2020
We Can't Beat Covid-19 Without a 6-Week Lockdown, Men's Health, September 2020
Here's a Realistic Plan for Opening Schools and Colleges Safely, Men's Health, September 2020
Empty Dorms Could Help Solve Coronavirus Hospital Shortages, VICE, April 2020
Coronavirus Is Bad in the Cities. It Could Be Even Worse Outside of Them, VICE, March 2020
Being Black in America Is a Health Risk. It's Time for Reparations, VICE, June 2019
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