Mara Hvistendahl

Mara Hvistendahl is a Beijing-based correspondent for Science. Her award-winning writing has also appeared in Harper’s, Scientific American, the Financial Times magazine and Foreign Policy.  Proficient in both Spanish and Chinese, she has spent half of the past decade in China, where she has reported on everything from archaeology to the space program. A former contributing editor at Seed magazine and journalism professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, Hvistendahl sits on the advisory board of Round Earth Media, an organization founded to promote international journalism.

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Read articles by Mara Hvistendahl, including "Half the Sky: How China’s Gender Imbalance Threatens Its Future", published in Virginia Quarterly Review.


Published work

Unnatural Selection: Chosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men (Public Affairs, June 2011)

The Scientist and the Spy (Riverhead, forthcoming)

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