Laurel Braitman PhD is a New York Times bestselling author, historian and anthropologist of science. She is the first Writer-in-Residence and the Director of Writing and Storytelling at the Medicine & the Muse Program at the Stanford University School of Medicine where she is helping medical students and physicians communicate more meaningfully--for themselves and their patients. She holds a PhD in Science, Technology and Society from MIT and is a Senior TED Fellow. Her last book, Animal Madness (Simon & Schuster 2015) was a NYT bestseller and has been translated into eight languages. Her next book (forthcoming, Simon & Schuster) is about growing up, mortality and how we might live with the perspective of a terminal disease without the dire prognosis.
Her work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, Good Morning America and Al Jazeera. Her stories have appeared in The Guardian, on Radiolab, in The Wall Street Journal, Wired, National Geographic and other publications. She is a Contributing Writer and frequently performs live for Pop Up Magazine, a live magazine the New York Times has called a “Sensation.” She has taught interdisciplinary courses at Harvard, MIT, Stanford School of Medicine and Smith College and she loves collaborating with musicians, physicians, scientists engineers and artists-- helping them learn to communicate better with the audiences that matter most.
Laurel splits her time between the remote Alaskan wilderness and Berkeley, California with her partner and a few million wild salmon.
When she was a kid, sometimes her parents let her bring the the family’s baby donkeys into the house.
Donkeys were also the theme of her bat mitzvah in 1991.
This did not make her as popular as she hoped.