The Journalists

Senior Fellow Michael Blanding is an independent journalist whose focus includes corporate accountability, immigration, sexual abuse, and prison reform. He is the author of The Map Thief:The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps (Gotham, May 2014), and "The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World's Favorite Soft Drink,"(Avery/Penguin, September 2010). Read Blanding's full bio here>

Senior Fellow Erin Siegal McIntyre has focused on investigating and reporting on immigration issues since 2012, when she was honored by the Open Society Foundation with a 2012-2013 Soros Justice Fellowship to report on deportation of undocumented immigrants in the United States. She is the author of the award-winning book "Finding Fernanda," (Beacon Press, May 8, 2012; Cathexis Press, November 1, 2011), which she examines fraudulent, criminal, and corrupt practices in international adoption between Guatemala and the United States. Read McIntyre's full bio here>

Senior Fellow Hella Winston is an independent journalist whose work involves on-going investigative reporting for The New York Jewish Week. Her extensive series of investigative reporting has drawn public attention to a “parallel justice system” involving the cover up of child sexual abuse in some fervently Orthodox Jewish communities, and raised questions about how these cases are being handled by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. She is the author of the book "Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels (Beacon Press, 2005). Read Winston's full bio here>

Senior Fellow James Verini is an investigative journalist based in East Africa where he covers warfare and terrorism. He's reported from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and Sudan, and contributed to such publications as National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, and Vanity Fair. Read Verini's full bio here>

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Criminal Justice & Law

Schuster Institute staff and fellows tell the stories of people trapped or embattled by ineffective legislation or weaknesses within the criminal justice system with a view to illuminating possible positive policy and procedural changes.


Immigration Law

Erin Siegal McIntyre's Dedicated Reporting on Immigration and Deportation

Thousands of US Veterans Deported After Service
Erin Siegal McIntyre, August 1, 2013, KPCC Southern California Public Radio.


Child Sexual Abuse Coverups in Ultra Orthodox Jewish Communities

Hella Winston's Four Years of Revealing Child Sexual Abuse in Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Communities


DNA Testing Access Law for Prisoners in Massachusetts

Post-Conviction DNA Testing in Massachusetts

Failing the DNA Test
Michael Blanding and Lindsay Markel, November 20, 2011, The Boston Globe Magazine.


Wrongful Convictions

Justice Brandeis Law Project


Other Topics

When Hollywood Meets the DA
Hella Winston, July 16, 2013, The Crime Report.

Prisoners Rule
James Verini, November 2012, Foreign Policy.