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Katherina Thomas is an award-winning writer, researcher, translator and educator, working at the intersection of social medicine and the arts. Following ten years in global health and journalism in West Africa, she is currently visiting writer-in-residence at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University, where she uses narratives to map human connections and transmission chains in epidemics of infectious disease. Her five-year collaborative project, After Ebola: An Oral History documents patient experiences and medical narratives from the West Africa Ebola outbreak.

Her work has earned her fellowships and grants from the Carey Institute for Global Good and the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) among others. During the West Africa Ebola outbreak she was the Founding Editor of Ebola Deeply, a platform that The Guardian said "offered an antidote to media scaremongering." Her journalism has been recommended by The New Yorker, Longreads and The New York Times, which listed her work on Nina Simone's Liberian life in What Race/Related Loved in 2017. 

She studied at the University of Warwick (England), (BA Hons), University of London in Paris (BICFET) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (current MPH candidate).She has reported from more than 20 countries in Africa—covering outbreaks of Lassa fever, cholera and Ebola, as well as from the hospitals and frontlines of the Libya and Mali conflicts. She teaches journalism, collaborates with leading clinicians and public health practitioners from the global south, serves as an expert witness in asylum cases, applies narrative medicine to outbreaks, and practices narrative therapy. She works fluently in English and French.

Get in touch: klgthomas@gmail.com

Photo by Autumn Connaughton/Autumn & Melinda Photography.