Jennifer Margulis is an award-winning science journalist based in Ashland, Oregon

Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D. Photo via Bryon Devore

Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning science journalist and book author, Fulbright grantee, and sought-after speaker.

Her writing has appeared in many of the nation’s most respected and credible publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and featured 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 health care and medicine.

Fluent in French, Jennifer Margulis has appeared live on prime-time TV in Paris, France to talk about child slavery in Pakistan. She was prominently featured in a PBS Frontline TV documentary, “The Vaccine War,” and has appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.

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].”

A writer who is not afraid to stick her neck out, Jennifer Margulis 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 champions the rights of society’s most vulnerable: children, mothers, the working poor, older adults, and others on the social or economic margins.

She is co-author of The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health, From Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years (Ballantine, August 23, 2016), with Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D., a integrative pediatrician with 13,000 children in his private practice in Portland, Oregon; and 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).

The Business of Baby was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life AwardToddler: 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 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 earned 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, Jennifer Margulis lives with her family in southern Oregon.

Jennifer Margulis reading to orphans in Niger. Photo by Dina Bernardin.

Jennifer Margulis reading to orphans in Niger. Photo by Dina Bernardin.



  1. Joanna

    Hi Ms. Margulis,

    I wanted to tell you that I first was “introduced” to you watching the PBS special “Vaccine Wars”. This led me to read the article you wrote on vaccines, and ironically, I stumbled upon your blog several months later when googling how to properly address a Senator. I was not surprised when I saw you were the author of the post asking people to write in opposition to the vaccine bill that had come up a month or so ago. I looked at your name and thought, I know who that is! ALL in a POSITIVE way. I am right with you, and have made several of the same decisions regarding vaccines. Thank you for advocating, and trying to help educate others.
    While we have never met, in some ways you seem like a kindred spirit. Maybe I will see you at the Co-op the next time I am in Ashland…. blessings.

  2. Joshua Brown

    Your parents would have been very proud of you, I’m sure of it. The work you’re doing is fantastic, and I hope you continue to do so, and hopefully inspire more good.

  3. I just finished reading your article in the Jefferson Journal about Dorothea Lange. Wow. You’re as great a writer as Dorothea was a photographer. Thanks for sharing what you learned!! You’re very talented. I’ll continue to look for your work, and I hope to run into you one of these days in Ashland!

  4. ANya Kumara

    We met this past week at ANP conference. The book I mentioned is Minerals for the GEnetic Code, an exposition and analysis of the Dr. RIchard Olree (DC in Michigan) genetic periodic chart and the physical,chemical and biological connection, by Charles Walters (Weston price foundation). OLree takes one through the 64 elements, their connection to I Ching, body, and show how valences work to support and cancel out elements in disease and healing. Most important minerals he says are Iodine, Selenium, Magnesium. Thanks for your inspiration, passionate and love.

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