Edna Bonhomme

Postdoctoral Fellow (Aug 2017-Jul 2019)


Edna Bonhomme is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Department III. She was trained as a biologist at Reed College (BA), public health practitioner at Columbia University (MPH), and historian of science at Princeton University (MA, PhD). Her dissertation titled, “Plague Bodies and Spaces: Medicine, Trade, and Death in Ottoman Egypt, 1705-1830 CE,” examined the commercial and geopolitical trajectory of plague and its direct links to commercial, provincial, and imperial policies in several North African port cities.

Edna’s main research interest focuses on the intersection of medicine, migration, trade, and imperialism. Related research interests include historical materialism, scientific institutions, and digital mapping. Her current research traces epidemics, public health, and scientific practice in Algiers, Alexandria, and Tunis and shows how they were linked to European expansion of commerce and colonial power. The transition from the early modern to the modern period produced a particular form of organization and relationship whereby capitalism, European militarization, and Arab medical modernization were linked to the imperative to control epidemics and people. Port cities were particularly subject to that surveillance insofar that states, merchants, and international organizations—in the modern period—systematically tracked goods and people for the sake of managing epidemics.


Mapping Epidemics: Public Health, and Scientific Practice in North African Port Cities, 1750–1950


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Power in Medicine: Interrogating the Place of Medical Knowledge in the Modern Middle East


Women, Race, and Medicine: Black Midwives in Early 19th-century Ottoman Egypt


Thematic Cluster: Diseases and Health


News & Press

Postdoktorandin Edna Bonhomme in Analyse & Kritik über die Cholera-Epidemie im Jemen


Postdoktorandin Edna Bonhomme für das Programm der Vereinigung bildender Künstlerinnen (VBKÖ) ausgewählt


„What Yemen can learn from the historical experience of cholera“—Edna Bonhomme, Postdoktorandin in Abteilung III, Veröffentlicht Artikel in The Conversation UK.