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Daniel Golden

Daniel Golden is a senior editor at ProPublica. He is the author of Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America’s Universities (Henry Holt, 2017) and The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges — and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates (Crown, 2006).

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Stories by this Author

  • Investigation

    The Newest Way to Buy an Advantage in College Admissions

    Why some parents are paying to make their teen a “peer reviewed” author.
  • Under Pressure

    The Red State University Blues

    When elected officials impose their political views, how should a public college respond?
  • An Investigation

    A Scientist Without a Country

    Joe Tsien was on the faculty at Princeton and the cover of Time magazine. Then he landed under federal investigation. He says he’s a victim of anti-Asian discrimination, but his story doesn’t add up.
  • The Review

    Hounded Out of U.S., Scientist Invents Fast Coronavirus Test in China

    A crackdown on scholars with ties to China has triggered a reverse brain drain.
  • The Review

    How a Rotten System Enabled Rick Singer’s Fraud

    Colleges have portrayed themselves as helpless victims of his scheme, unmasked by the Operation Varsity Blues investigation. In reality, they have no one to blame but themselves.
  • The Chronicle Review

    The CIA’s Favorite College President

    Graham Spanier rolled out the red carpet for the intelligence services to conduct covert operations involving colleges.