Cornelia (Cory) Dean
Guest Lecturer in Environmental Studies
Cornelia Dean is a science writer for the New York Times, where she writes mostly about environmental issues and science policy.
From January 1997 until June 2003, Dean was science editor of the Times, where she was responsible for coverage of science, health and medical news in the daily paper and in the weekly Science Times section.She spent the 2003-2004 academic year at Harvard, where she was a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government and taught in the Harvard College program on Environmental Science and Public Policy.
From 1993 until 1997, Dean worked in the Washington bureau of the Times as deputy Washington editor; her portfolio was domestic policy.Previously she worked as assistant and then deputy science editor. During her editing tenure in the newspaper’s science department, members of its staff won the Pulitzer Prize (twice, finalists three times), the Polk Award and the Lasker Award for public service, among many other honors.She began her newspaper career at the Providence Journal.
Dean’s first book, “Against the Tide: The Battle for America’s Beaches", was published in 1999 by Columbia University Press and was a New York Times Notable Book of the year.Her second book, "Am I Making Myself Clear?", was published by Harvard University Press in 2009. She is currently working on a book about the misuse of scientific information in American public life.
In addition to her work at Harvard, Dean has taught seminars and courses at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Vassar College, and the University of Rhode Island, and has spoken to a wide variety of government, journalism, and scientific organizations.
Dean is a member of the Corporation of Brown University and was a founding member of the advisory board of the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting.
Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Dean received a bachelor’s degree in American civilization from Brown University and an M.S. degree from Boston University.