Katherina Thomas is a global health researcher and award-winning journalist. She is a visiting writer-in-residence at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University, where she explores the intersection of global health and storytelling. Her work has been published and/or recommended by major publications, including The New Yorker, BBC, The Economist, Longreads, Guernica, and The New York Times.
Katherina collaborates with leading African public health practitioners, and has worked in more than 20 countries in Africa, covering outbreaks of Lassa fever, cholera, conflicts in Mali, Libya, and D.R. Congo, and the 2013-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak. While living in Liberia between 2007 and 2017, she designed the first Ebola narrative oral history research project that includes the voices of community members, and led Liberia’s inaugural fellowship for health and medical journalists with Johns Hopkins University, USAID and Internews. She also serves as an expert witness for health-related asylum cases.
Katherina’s work has earned her grants, awards and fellowships from the Carey Institute for Global Good and the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). She was the founding editor of Ebola Deeply, a platform that The Guardian called “an antidote to media scaremongering.” She trained at the University of Warwick, at the University of London in Paris, on the foreign desk of The Independent, and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She works fluently in both English and French as a writer and translator, and speaks Portuguese, Italian and Arabic.
“Absolutely brilliant — completely takes you to another world.”
Marina Hyde, The Guardian
“Asks questions with the sensitivity of a writer and the accuracy of a scientist.”
Dr. Pardis Sabeti, medical geneticist and Harvard professor
“A fascinating rumination on race, music, culture, and building a relationship with Africa.”
Randy Archibold, The New York Times, on ‘Nina Simone in Liberia’