Joshua SokolScience Writing


Joshua covers natural history through on-scene narratives, reported features, news, and commentary.
After majoring in English Literature and Astronomy at Swarthmore College, Joshua worked as a data analyst for the Hubble Space Telescope. He then attended MIT’s graduate program in science writing from 2014-2015, where he was a CASW Taylor-Blakeslee Fellow. He currently freelances from Boston.

Since 2015, his work has appeared in Astronomy, The Atlantic, Audubon, The Boston Globe, ESPN the Magazine, Hakai, Mosaic, National Geographic, New Scientist, The New York Times, NOVA Next, Quanta, Science, Scientific American, Smithsonian, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Wired.

In 2017, Joshua’s feature on the search for life on the ice-capped moons Europa and Enceladus won the American Astronomical Society's Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award. In 2018, he won CASW’s Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award, an annual prize given to a science journalist under 30, with judges citing “his compelling storytelling; his deep reporting from such far-flung locations as Japan, Mexico, and Namibia; his impressive diversity of topics; and his ability to clearly convey how science is done.” In 2019, his feature on star-swallowing black holes won the David N. Schramm prize from the American Astronomical Society's High-Energy Astrophysics Division.