Bio

Dr. Laurel Braitman is a New York Times bestselling author, historian and anthropologist of science. She is currently a Writer-in-Residence at the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a Contributing Writer for Pop Up Magazine. Braitman’s latest TED talk has been watched by over a million people and her talks on navigating chaos and uncertainty pack theaters around the world. 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 seven languages. Her work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, Good Morning America and Al Jazeera. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Wired and other publications. She’s taught popular interdisciplinary courses at Harvard, MIT, Smith College and elsewhere and is passionate about collaborating with musicians, physicians, scientists, entrepreneurs and artists. She lives on a houseboat in Sausalito, CA with her dog Cedar. Her next book is about family, medicine and mortality.

In Baja Mexico, with a gray whale calf. Photo: Jodi Frediani

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