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Alison Bass, MLA Biography

Assistant Professor of Journalism at West Virginia University
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“While antiprostitution laws have done little to stem the thriving industry in recreational sex, they exact a high price on public health and safety… criminalization allows killers and others to prey on women with impunity. Predators target prostitutes precisely because they are less likely to go to the police, and nonprostitutes are victimized as well when killers go unchecked…

[L]aws criminalizing prostitution also foster corruption among some police offers, who harass sex workers for free sex in exchange for not arresting them.”

Getting Screwed, Sex Workers and the Law, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Assistant Professor of Journalism, West Virginia University, 2012-present
  • Visiting Senior Lecturer of Journalism, Mount Holyoke College, 2008-2012
  • Lecturer in Journalism, Brandeis University, 2005-2012
  • Lecturer in Journalism, Boston University, 2002-2004
  • Executive Editor, CIO magazine, 2000-2006
  • Medical and Science Writer and New England Editor, The Boston Globe, 1987-2000
  • MLA, Literature and Creative Writing, Harvard Extension School
  • BA, magna cum laude, Brandeis University
  • Twitter: @AlisonBBass
  • Awarded the National Association of Science Writers’ Science in Society Award for Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial, 2009
Quoted in:
  1. Would Legal Prostitution Better Protect Prostitutes from Violence?