Karen Masterson joined the Stony Brook faculty in the fall of 2017. She came from Washington, D.C., where she lived most of her adult life, first working for members of Congress (U.S. Sen. John Glenn and U.S. Rep. Tony Hall), then as a reporter covering Congress for the Houston Chronicle’s Washington bureau. She has also covered the New Jersey Pine Barrens and local and state environmental issues for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has written for a range of other publications, including Time magazine, The (Baltimore) Sun and the Hagerstown Herald-Mail. She has a master’s in science writing from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s in journalism from the University of Maryland, an honour’s degree in intellectual history from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Tampa. She has received many scholarships and fellowships, most notably from the Knight Foundation to study malaria with CDC experts in Atlanta and rural Tanzania; from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins to study global health and the history of medicine; and from Rotary International to study in South Africa and travel throughout the region. Her first book, a narrative history of malaria and World War II (The Malaria Project), came out in 2014. She is currently working on her second book, a narrative history of war and disease, set in Liberia.