Laura Spinney joins Department III as Journalist in Residence from April 1 to May 31, 2019. She writes on science for National Geographic, the Economist, Nature, New Scientist, and the Telegraph among others. She has published several books including a non-fiction work entitled Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World (Jonathan Cape, 2017), which was translated into eight languages; two novels, The Doctor (A&C Black, 2003) and The Quick (HarperCollins, 2008); and a volume of oral history on Lausanne, Switzerland, published in French and English, called Rue Centrale (L'Âge d'Homme, 2012). Her current interests lie in the fallibility of historical memory, and in the shaping of the concept of race over the 20th century. During her residency at the MPIWG, Laura will work on a book project on the resistance cell that operated out of the Musée de l'Homme in Paris during the Second World War.