Thomas Bass

Thomas Bass

Department of English
Department of Communication
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PhD University of California at Santa Cruz

Thomas Bass

Thomas Bass is the author of Return to Fukushima (OR Books, 2024), Censorship in Vietnam: Brave New World (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017), The Spy Who Loved Us (Public Affairs, 2009; University of Massachusetts Press, 2018), The Predictors (Holt / Viking-Penguin, 1999); Vietnamerica: The War Comes Home (Soho, 1996, 1997); Reinventing the Future (Addison-Wesley, 1994, 1995); Camping with the Prince and Other Tales of Science in Africa (Houghton Mifflin, 1990; Penguin 1991; Moyer Bell, 1998); and The Eudaemonic Pie (Houghton Mifflin, 1985; Vintage, 1986; Penguin 1991). Two of these books, The Eudaemonic Pie and The Predictors, were optioned by Netflix for a documentary film in 2022. Principle photography began in 2023.

He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, NPR, BBC, and other venues to promote his books, which have been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese editions. He has worked as a film consultant for Columbia Pictures, Focus Features, Working Title, and the BBC. He is the author of numerous articles for The New Yorker, Wired, American Scholar, Smithsonian, and other publications.

He has a BA (Honors) from the University of Chicago and a PhD in the History of Consciousness from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, the Regents of the University of California, and the Ford Foundation. Since 2013, with funding from the U.S. Department of State and the National Endowment for Democracy, he has been leading workshops on investigative reporting and developing a graduate program in journalism at the University of Tunis.

He has taught literature and history at Hamilton College, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and the University of California and is the former director of the Hamilton in New York City Program on "Media in the Digital Age." Director of the Journalism Honors Program, he was appointed Professor of English at the University at Albany in 2005.

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