Region Your Book Covers: Washington, D.C.
What Inspired You to Write History Books?
I have been interested in history since I was a child. Learning about aspect of our country and world that had happened decades or centuries earlier but still had relevance to my life and to the lives of those around me was a constant source of fascination. My love of history grew through college and graduate school and I decide to pursue my interest in writing about history.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Keep writing and keep telling your story.
Writing About US History Must Be Difficult, How Do You Do Your Reseach?
It took me many years to do the research. Having historians and other experts to talk to was helpful. Time was key and patience was imperative.
Heather Butts JD, MPH, MA is an Integration of Science and Practice (ISP) instructor and faculty
advisor of the Part-Time Health Policy Management students at Columbia
University, Mailman School of Public Health where she teaches bioethics
and public health law. She also serves as an adjunct professor in health law
and bioethics at Saint John’s School of Law. She is the co-founder and a board
member of the non-profit HEALTH for Youths, Inc., which focuses on
college readiness and preparation. She is also the founder of the online training
and education company LEARN for Life Consulting, LLC, and does college
readiness and preparation counseling for high school students.
She previously served as regulatory specialist at Columbia University Medical
Center’s Institutional Review Board and focused on compliance audits, training,
education and privacy issues. Prior to her work at Columbia, Butts served as
senior associate in the Healthcare Regulatory Group of Pricewaterhouse
Coopers, LLP, where she focused on regulatory compliance issues.
Butts received her BA from Princeton University, her JD from Saint John’s University School of Law, her MPH from Harvard University School of Public Health and her MA in education from Teachers College.
Her publications include Alexander Thomas Augusta: Physician, Teacher and Human Rights Activist.