Diana Parsell
                             Publication Samples


Washington Independent Review of Books

Q&A with Janice P. Nimura, author of Daughters of the Samurai, May 27, 2016

Without You There Is No Us: My Times With the Sons of North Korea's Elite, Jan. 1, 2015

Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar, Nov. 2011

Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World, Aug. 12, 2011

A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS, May 10, 2011

Ravenous: A Food Lover's Journey From Obsession to Freedom, March 23, 2011


Travel Guides

National Geographic Traveler: Washington, D.C., 2005, 2007, 2010

The Jakarta Explorer, Indonesian Heritage Society, 1999


Eliza Scidmore and Washington's Cherry Trees

"From Early ‘Lady Writer,’ Washington Cherry Blossoms and a National Geographic Legacy," Jan. 16, 2018

"Eliza Scidmore, the Woman Behind the Planting of Washington's Cherry Trees in 1912," Viral History Blog, March 28, 2012

"Cherry Tree Planting in March 1912 Shaped Public Face of Washington, D.C.," National Geographic News, March 26, 2012

National Geographic News

"In Africa, Decoding the Language of Elephants," Feb. 21, 2003

"Maya Hieroglyphics Recount 'Giant War,' " Sept. 19, 2002

"Crossbow Rivalry of Two Italian Towns Dates to Middle Ages," Sept. 6, 2002

"Skull Fossil Opens Window onto Early Human Origins," July 11, 2002

"City Occupied by Inca Discovered on Andean Peak in Peru," March 18, 2002

"High-Tech Fishing Is Emptying Deep Seas, Scientists Warn," Feb.26, 2002

" 'SuperCroc' Fossil Found in Sahara," Oct. 25, 2001

"Skeleton of New Dinosaur 'Titan" Found in Madagascar," Aug. 1, 2001

"Tiny Fossil From Early Jurassic Fills New Niche in Mammal Evolution," May 24, 2001


Chronicle of Higher Education

"Design College's New Provost Hopes to Contribute to Another Detroit Renaissance," Jan. 6, 2014

"Teaching Freshmen Sets a College Administrator on the Path to a Presidency," Sept. 16, 2014



"Giant Footprint," Jan. 28, 2008

"Monumental Shift," July 31, 2007


Science News

"Assault on Autism," Nov. 9, 2004

"Remnants of the Past: High-Tech Analyses of Ancient TextilesYield Clues to Cultures," Dec. 11, 2004

"Palm-Nut Problem: Asian Chewing Habit Linked to Oral Cancer," Jan. 15, 2005



"Project Seeks to Shed Light on Human Rights Abuses in Haiti," June 30, 1995

"Helping Students Learn Science the Way Science Works, " Sept. 30, 1994



Essay: "On the Porch," Aug. 1, 2009


Potomac Review

Essay: "Carried Away," Fall 2007


Ford Foundation Report magazine

"New Signs of Hope in the Struggle for Human Rights: Working on the Front Lines in Indonesia," Fall 1998

"The Kampung Sound: Indonesian Radio Plays Traditional Tunes to Bridge Cultural Gaps," Spring 2000


Humanities magazine

"Medicine and the Humanities," Jan.-Feb. 1992

"Exploring America's Oral Traditions," Jan.-Feb., 1991

"Charles Peirce: An American Original," May-June, 1989


The Washington Post

"Towns Taking Pains to Plant, Preserve Trees as Environmentalism Branches Out," Oct. 5, 1990

"Stalking the Elusive Monarch," Sept. 7, 1990

"For Children of Alcoholics, a Rocky Road" [book review],

March 20, 1987

"Putting Geography Back on the Map," April 20, 1986

"Design Firms Find Quiet Home in D.C.," June 17, 1985


The New Physician magazine

"Crossroads (South Africa): In a Rural Settlement, Medical Students Are Learning Both Medicine and the Realities of Politics," July 8, 1984


Indonesian Observer

"Maternal Death Rate Tough to Reduce," April 12, 1998


The Jakarta Post

"Ancient Resin Still Supports Sumatrans," Dec. 21, 2000


Agenda (Scholastic magazine on K-12 education reform)

"Human Retooling," Winter 1992


Style magazine (Baltimore)

"Grand Experiment," March-April 1997


Trustee Quarterly magazine

"Stepping Up Substance Abuse Prevention," Summer 1989

"Community Colleges Exhibit New Spirit of Fund-Raising Aggressiveness," Winter 1989


Childhood Injury Prevention Quarterly magazine

"Injury Surveillance in Four States," Summer 1991


Common Cause magazine

"Nixon's Ghost Haunts the Archives," July-Aug., 1986


NIDA Notes (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

"The Animal Rights Movement Has Closed Down and Stalled Research," Spring/Summer 1989


Health Care Competition Week newsletter

"AMA Plan Would Curb Malpractice Awards," Jan. 18, 1988

"Patient Logjam in New York--Could It Spread?" Jan. 11, 1988

"AIDS: Piecemeal Precautions Aren't Good Enough," Nov. 16, 1987






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