Branwyn Poleykett is a postdoctoral research associate on the Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic project at the University of Cambridge. Her work draws upon archival research and ethnographic fieldwork to understand the historical, social and cultural determinants of health and illness in Africa. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Senegal and Tanzania and archival research in Madagascar, South Africa and Morocco.
Branwyn’s work on zoonotic disease is historical, she has carried out archival research on plague in Morocco, Madagascar and South Africa. Her work examines how plague outbreaks across the colonial world generated new approaches to urban infrastructures, ecologies, patterns of settlement, and social relations. Branwyn is also interested in human animal relations, food safety and health in the context of new research on the global history of the Senegalese diet.