Emily Bass
 
 

 

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Emily Bass has spent more than twenty years writing about and working on HIV/AIDS in America and East and Southern Africa. Her writing has appeared numerous publications, including EsquireThe LancetMs., n+1OutPOZSlice, and has received notable mention in Best American Essays. For the past thirteen years, she has worked at AVAC, a New York-based advocacy organization where, as Director of Strategy and Content, she helps build powerful, transnational activist coalitions that use data to campaign for AIDS accountability and change. A lifelong social justice activist, she has served as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization and is a member of the What Would an HIV Doula Do Collective. The Plague War, her book on America's war on AIDS in Africa is forthcoming from PublicAffairs Press in 2020. She has been a Fulbright journalism scholar in Uganda and received scholarships from the Norman Mailer Writer's Colony and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the 2018-2019 Martin Duberman Visiting Research Fellow at the New York Public Library, where she will explore the history of America-based AIDS activist engagement with AIDS epidemics in Africa and the Caribbean, and with foreign aid as possible remedy. A Manhattan native, Emily lives in Brooklyn with her family.