Vincent Kiernan


General profile



Kiernan earned a doctorate in philosophy in mass communication from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2002, and an executive master's in leadership from Georgetown's McDonough School of Business in 2011.

His research centers on science and medical journalism, and more particularly on relationships between journalists and the scientific establishment. His 2006 book, Embargoed Science, critically examines news coverage of the latest research published in scientific journals. (See for an excerpt.)

Dr. Kiernan has more than 20 years of experience as a working science and medical journalist. Most recently, he worked for nine years as a senior editor and senior writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education (, a weekly trade newspaper and daily Web site in Washington, D.C.

His Google Scholar citations profile documents how other scholars have been citing his work.


  • Graduate certificate in academic advising (2012) Kansas State University,
  • Master of science (2012) Kansas State University, adult and continuing education
  • Executive master's in leadership (2011) Georgetown University,
  • Ph. D. (2002) University of Maryland, College Park, Mass communication
  • Knight Science Journalism Fellowship (1988-89) Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
  • M.A. (1984) University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Mass communication
  • B.A. (1981) Cornell University, Computer science