2021-2022 Interpretive Fellow: Dr. Edna Bonhomme

A photograph of Edna Bonhomme.

Edna Bonhomme is a historian of science, writer, and interdisciplinary artist who earned a PhD in the history of science from Princeton University and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. Working with sound, text, and archives, they explore contagion, epidemics, and toxicity by asking: what makes people sick? Bonhomme narrates how people perceive modern plagues and how they try to escape from them through critical storytelling.

Bonhomme’s first book Tending to our Wounds: A History of Haiti, Harlem, Berlin, and Me (Haymarket Press) explores the global history of restitution and reparations for the African diaspora will be published in 2022. They are currently writing a second book, Captive Contagions (One Signal/Simon & Schuster Press), that examines the role that captivity has played during epidemics and how space affects people’s understandings of health. Bonhomme has written for The Atlantic, The Baffler, Esquire, The Guardian, The Nation, The New Republic, and other publications. They currently live in Berlin, Germany.

Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism