Anselm Kiefer, Iconoclastic Controversy, Bilder-Streit, 1980, oil, emulsion, shellac, sand on a photo with woodcuts, 290 × 400 cm. Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Joelle M. Abi-Rached is a medical historian and a medical doctor. She is currently an invited researcher at the École normale supérieure (as part of the “Chaire Moyen-Orient Mediterranée”) and at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Centre Alexandre Koyré). In 2017, she was elected to join Columbia University’s Society of Fellows.
Abi-Rached earned a medical doctorate from the American University of Beirut (2006), an M.Sc. in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics (2007), and a Ph.D. in History of Science from Harvard University (2017). She has held numerous fellowships and is the recipient of many awards including the 2019 Jack D. Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Development Award in 20th Century History of Medicine or Biomedical Sciences bestowed by the American Association for the History of Medicine.
Her research focuses on the politics of life, health, and wealth with a particular interest in the politics of health as it plays out in poor and developing countries as well as in the modern Middle East. Her interests and perspective lie at the intersection of history, philosophy, ethics, medicine, and policy.