Ellen Ruppel Shell

Ellen Ruppel Shell, a correspondent for The Atlantic , co-directs the Graduate Program in Science Journalism at Boston University. She has written for the New York Times , the Washington Post , The Guardian , The Smithsonian , Slate , the Los Angeles Times , The Boston Globe , O , Scientific American , and Science Magazine . She is the author of Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture , The Hungry Gene , and A Child's Place . She lives in the Boston metropolitan area.