Scott Malcomson is the author of four books. Three of them concerned foreign affairs: Tuturani (1990) on the central and south Pacific island states as they entered into the postcolonial period; Empire's Edge (1993) on Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Uzbekistan, immediately following the Cold War, as they constituted a periphery of empires past and present; and Generation's End (2010), a memoir of American journalism, foreign policy and the United Nations in the two years from 9/11 to the destruction of the UN mission in Baghdad in August 2003. His fourth book was One Drop of Blood (2000), an award-winning history of race in America. His books have been published in Turkish and Chinese as well as English.
Over three decades, Malcomson worked as a reporter and editor in both alternative and mainstream journalism, focussed mainly on foreign stories including the UK coal miners' strike in 1984, the Shining Path in Peru in 1986, and the rise of fundamentalist Islam in the early 1990s He has worked in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, and throughout Europe and North America. He was foreign editor of the New York Times Magazine from 2004 to 2011, managing correspondents around the world, and edited foreign-affairs Op-Eds for the Times in 2001-2. He served as a senior advisor to Sergio Vieira de Mello at the United Nations in 2003 and to Susan Rice at the U.S. State Department in 2011-12. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been active in PEN and on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council. Malcomson designed and taught courses on technology and journalism at New York University.and was an editorial advisor to 21st Century Council members Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen in their work on connection technologies and international relations.
A native Californian, born in 1961, Malcomson graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley, where his senior thesis on the late-imperial Chinese reformer K'ang Yu-wei's utopian tract Ta T'ung-shu was selected for publication. He has lectured at numerous universities and think tanks in Europe, China and the United States.