Emanuela Appetiti

    BRIT Research Associate

    B.A./M.A. in Sociology, with a major in Cultural Anthropology, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy

    Emanuela Appetiti is interested in hunter-gatherer societies, in particular their traditional medicine, with a special focus on Australian Aboriginal cultures in the Central Desert area. She has done research in several institutions throughout the world. She gained intercultural experience and professional expertise in public relations, media relations, marketing, and sales during her time with the auction house Christie’s Italy in Rome, where she was a press officer and clients liaison. She is fluent in Italian (mother tongue), English, French, and Spanish.

    She is currently a Scientific Program Specialist in the Botany Department of the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum in Washington, DC, where she works in collaboration with her husband and research partner, Alain Touwaide, on several research programs on the history of botany and ethnobotany in the Mediterranean basin. She has been working with the Medicinal Plants of Antiquity program since its inception in 2001, which includes, among others, a website on plant illustrations gathered from Renaissance herbals (15th and 16th century printed books). She is also in charge of the Historia Plantarum, a collection of around 15,000 books devoted to the history of botany and medicine, hosted at the Natural History Museum and open to the scholarly community. Since 2007, she has been the CEO of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. She has authored articles on aspects of traditional cultures, in particular Aboriginal traditional medicine, and is a member of the editorial board of the Current Bibliography, the supplement of ISIS (the official journal of the History of Science Society) and of the Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences.

    Phone: 202.633.0967
    Fax: 202.786.2563
    E-Mail: eappetiti@hotmail.com

    Personal website: Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions

    Personal website: PLant Aetatis Novae Tabulae (PLANT: Renaissance Plant Illustrations)