Mara Hvistendahl

National Fellow

Mara Hvistendahl is a National Fellow at New America. She will write a book about an unusual trade secrets theft case and what it says about the U.S.-China technological relationship, to be published by Riverhead. She is a contributing correspondent at Science and a founding member of the writers' cooperative Deca. Her first book, Unnatural Selection, a chronicle of the sex trafficking, instability, and other consequences that have resulted from prenatal sex selection around the world, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, Harper’s, the New York Times, Popular Science, Scientific American, Slate, and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. For eight years, she covered science, politics, and other issues from China.

All Work

Episode 197: Interview with Mara Hvistendahl

Mara Hvistendahl was interviewed on the Steptoe Cyberblog Podcast on the allure, defects and mechanics of China's social credit system.

Inside China's Vast New Experiment in Social Ranking

Mara Hvistendahl wrote the cover story for WIRED’s January 2018. She quoted Rogier Creemers of New America's Cybersecurity team.

China aims to sow a revolution with GM seed takeover

Mara Hvistendahl wrote for Science Magazine on the planned ChemChina takeover of Syngenta and how it might affect the GM seed industry.

China’s Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets Under Scrutiny

Mara Hvistendahl writes for Science Magazine on a new report on trade secrets theft

The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers

dahl writes for MIT Technology Review about the decline in Chinese cyberattacks

Can Predictive Policing Prevent Crime Before It Happens?

Mara Hvistendahl wrote for Science Magazine about whether 'predictive policing' can prevent crime before it happens.