Prof. Christopher Hallowell

Christopher Hallowell

Phone: (646) 312-3926
Location: VC 7-264


Professor Hallowell has a special interest in cultural, science, and environmental journalism. He is the author of seven books, the best-known being Holding Back the Sea (HarperCollins). An investigative work that concerns the devastation of the Gulf of Mexico wetlands
— a national resource — it has been praised by scientists, environmentalists, policy makers and critics for its comprehensive approach and accessibility. He is a frequent speaker on wetlands and coastal issues. An updated edition of his acclaimed earlier book, People of the Bayou (Dutton), has been re-issued by Pelican Publishing.

Recently, Weissman Dean Aldermaro Romero talked with Prof. Christopher Hallowell about the importance of environmental journalism in today's world where environmental considerations so often influence economics, politics and business. Watch the video here.

Diverging from his primary interest, Professor Hallowell’s latest book is a novel — Beneficiaries of Deceit — published in 2016. Set in the Peruvian jungle and on a college campus in Boston, it questions moral and ethical issues through a caste of characters and a lens of unbridled ambition, artifact theft, sexual predation, and innocence.

Previous to the publication of this novel, Professor Hallowell published Listening to Earth (Longman), a collection of writing that focuses on social and cultural issues surrounding environmental conflict. He is also co-author and co-editor of Green Perspectives: Thinking and Writing About Nature and the Environment (HarperCollins), an historically organized collection of writing that traces the course of attitudes towards the environment in this country over the past century. Professor Hallowell is also the author of Growing Old, Staying Young (Morrow), about gerontological research in medical laboratories across the country. He has written about medical topics and issues for various publications, including The New York Times.

He has been on the staffs of numerous magazines as an environmental or science editor and has contributed articles to Time, The New York Times Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Audubon, Geo, Natural History and The American Scholar. He has reported from Peru, Panama, the South Pacific and East Africa, as well as from various regions of this country.

Professor Hallowell, a former director of undergraduate journalism at Baruch College, is a graduate of Harvard and received an MS in journalism from Columbia.


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