Other Writing

Book-Related Articles

“The American Woman Who Reported on Japan’s Entry Into World War I,” The Doughboy Foundation website, August 8, 2023

Photo essay on Scidmore, GEO Magazine [French], October 2020

“Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore” (people who knew John Muir), Sierra Club’s John Muir website, April 3, 2018

“From Early ‘Lady Writer,’ Washington Cherry Blossoms and a National Geographic Legacy,” National Geographic News blog, March 26, 2012 (updated in 2018)

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


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,  January 1, 2015 

Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar, November 2011 

Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World, August 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


Other Articles & Essays

“Giant Footprint” Smithsonian.com, January 28, 2008

“Monumental Shift” Smithsonian.com, July 31, 2007

“Remnants of the Past: High-Tech Analyses of Ancient Textiles Yield Clues to Cultures,” Science News, December 11, 2004

“Assault on Autism,” Science News,  November 9, 2004

“Design College’s New Provost Hopes to Contribute to Another Detroit Renaissance,” Chronicle of Higher Education, January 6, 2014

“On the Porch,” Washingtonian, August 1, 2009

“Carried Away,” Potomac Review, Fall 2007

“In Africa, Decoding the Language of Elephants,” National Geographic News, February 21, 2003

“Maya Hieroglyphics Recount ‘Giant War,’ National Geographic News, October 19, 2002

“Crossbow Rivalry of Two Italian Towns Dates to Middle Ages,” National Geographic News, September 6, 2002

“Skull Fossil Opens Window onto Early Human Origins,” National Geographic News, July 11, 2002

“City Occupied by Inca Discovered on Andean Peak in Peru,” National Geographic News, March 18, 2002

“High-Tech Fishing Is Emptying Deep Seas, Scientists Warn,” National Geographic News, February 26, 2002

‘SuperCroc’ Fossil Found in Sahara,” National Geographic News, October 25, 2001

“Tiny Fossil From Early Jurassic Fills New Niche in Mammal Evolution,” National Geographic News, May 24, 2001

“New Signs of Hope in the Struggle for Human Rights: Indonesia,” Ford Foundation Report,  Fall 1998

“Maternal Death Rate Tough to Reduce,” Indonesian Observer, April 12, 1998

“Helping Students Learn Science the Way Science Works,” Science, September 30, 1994

“Medicine and the Humanities,” Humanities  Jan.–Feb. 1992

“The Animal Rights Movement Has Closed Down and Stalled Research,” NIDA Notes,  Spring/Summer 1989

“Community Colleges Exhibit New Spirit of Fund-Raising Aggressiveness,” Trustee Quarterly, Winter 1989

“Nixon’s Ghosts Haunt the Archives,” Common Cause, July/August 1986

“Putting Geography Back on the Map,” The Washington Post, April 20, 1986

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

Travel Guides

National Geographic Traveler: Washington, D.C.

  • Lead content writer for updates of 2005, 2007 and 2010 editions

The Jakarta Explorer, 1999

  • Editorial coordinator and contributing writer and photographer

Map Legends: National Geographic

National Geographic map legends for fold-out maps

  • New York City (September 1990)
  • Holy Land (December 1989)

Annual Reports & Newsletters

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

  • Annual Reports 1994, 1995

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia

World Fish Center, Penang, Malaysia

  • Annual Report 2005/06