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Peter Tarr


Peter Tarr's career in journalism, which spans more than 30 years, has been focused on international affairs, and, since 1999, scientific subject matter, especially molecular biology, biotechnology, and neuroscience. He has a master's degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, having specialized in science writing. He also has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American History from Cornell University. While at Cornell he developed and for several years taught a writing course focusing on journalistic ethics. A former newspaper reporter, foreign correspondent in Southeast Asia, and editor at various U.S.-based science and medical publications, he is currently Editorial Director--Science and Chief Science Writer at the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. He is engaged in two book projects, A Certain Blindness (U.S. intellectual history); and Science Nationalism: National Science Policy in a Transnational Age (History of Science).

Courses Taught

spring 2024

spring 2023

spring 2022

spring 2021

spring 2020

spring 2019

spring 2018

spring 2017

spring 2016

ENGL 158.302 Advanced Journalistic Writing canceled  

spring 2015

spring 2014

ENGL 158.301 Global Journalism  

spring 2013

spring 2012

spring 2011

spring 2010

fall 2009

spring 2009

ENGL 158.302 Journalism and Science