Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, health, and parenting writer.
She is the author of Your Baby, Your Way: Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting Decisions for a Happier, Healthier Family (Scribner, 2015; first published under the title The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby BEFORE Their Bottom Line. Yes, the publisher is fond of l-e-n-g-t-h-y subtitles.)
Her writing has appeared in many of the nation’s most respected and credible publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine.
A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, she is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children.
Jennifer Margulis has appeared live on prime-time TV in Paris, France (she is fluent in French) to talk about child slavery in Pakistan and was prominently featured in a PBS Frontline TV documentary, “The Vaccine War” (April 2010).
One blogger, who disagreed with her point of view, wrote: “A woman like this probably has considerable influence, more than she rightly deserves. She’s articulate, she has the letters Ph.D. after her name to show that she is educated, and she looks good on camera … She’s more of a danger than Jenny McCarthy because most of us can’t relate to Jenny McCarthy, but we can relate to [her].”
Jennifer Margulis is a writer who is not afraid to stick her neck out, but she does not court controversy for its own sake. She is passionate about investigating the overlooked dangers of mainstream practices, especially when scientific evidence has been brushed aside in favor of special interests. Uncovering these issues is a matter of social justice. Through her writing she tries to champion the rights of society’s most vulnerable: children, mothers, the working poor, and others on the social or economic margins.
Several of her books have received accolades and critical acclaim: The Business of Baby was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award; Toddler: Real-Life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love (Seal Press) won the Independent Publishers Book Association Award for best parenting book; and Why Babies Do That: Baffling Baby Behavior Explained (Willow Creek Press) won the Midwestern Publishers Book Association Award. She is also the co-author of The Baby Bonding Book for Dads: Building a Closer Connection to Your New Baby (Willow Creek Press) and co-editor of a classroom edition of Susannah Haswell Rowson’s 18th century play, Slaves in Algiers. Her most recent book, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health — from Pregnancy through Your Child’s Teen Years is co-written with Dartmouth-trained pediatrician Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D., and is forthcoming from Ballantine Books in 2016.
Her cover-story for Smithsonian magazine was chosen by Nathalie Angier for inclusion in BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2009 (HarperCollins) and her article about a Salt Lake City entrepreneur won the 2010 American Society of Journalists and Authors Award (ASJA) for Best Narrative Non-fiction (lifestyle category).
Jennifer Margulis has a B.A. from Cornell University, a Master’s from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from Emory University.
She was awarded a highly competitive and prestigious Fulbright fellowship in 2006 and taught American literature at the University of Abdou Moumouni in Niamey, Niger (West Africa) for the 2006-2007 academic year.
A Boston native, Margulis lives in southern Oregon (just 15 miles from the border with northern California).