in residence March, 2024:

Ann Neumann

Reporting for The Guardian, on consent, brain death, and organ donation in California, 2023

Ann Neumann is the author of The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America, and a contributor to four books, including the Cambridge Handbook on the Anthropology of Death (forthcoming) and A Section of Now: Social Norms and Rituals as Sites for Architectural Intervention (Canadian Centre for Architecture). As a journalist, she has covered the Tigray war in Ethiopia, water and conflict in the Horn of Africa, brain death and organ donation in California, the plight of Ethiopian migrants in Italy, and Covid-19 in United States nursing homes. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Harper’s magazine, The Baffler, The New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review and elsewhere. 

Neumann wrote and voiced the award-winning “Shame on You!,” an animated documentary about debt and the courts, produced by The Debt Collection Lab and the VizE Lab at Princeton University. Neumann is a former visiting scholar at The Center for Religion and Media at New York University, where she was editor-in-chief of the Center’s publication, The Revealer, writing a monthly column, “The Patient Body,” about issues at the intersection of religion and medicine. She is a former contributing editor for Guernica magazine. Her work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and she is a recipient of a Knight Grant for Reporting on Religion in American Public Life from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Neumann is currently working on a book about grief and empire.