Howard W. French

Bloomberg’s folly

Howard W. French

Distinguished Visiting Faculty

Howard W. French is an assistant professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a journalist specializing in global affairs, author and documentary photographer.


From 1990 to 2008 he reported for The New York Times as bureau chief for Central America and the Caribbean, West Africa, Japan and the Koreas, and China in Shanghai. During this time, his work was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. From 2005 to 2008 alongside his work for the Times, Howard was a weekly columnist on global affairs for the International Herald Tribune.


Howard is the author of A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa (2004), which was named non-fiction book of the year by several newspapers. He is also the author of China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa, which was published by Alfred A. Knopf in May 2014. His book of documentary photography, Disappearing Shanghai: Images and Poems of an Intimate Way of Life, with Qiu Xiaolong, was published in 2012.


Howard French is a board member of the Columbia Journalism Review. He is presently writing a book about the geopolitics of East Asia.