B.A. Jewellery Arts, George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology, 1994
M.A. History, York University, 2003
M.Phil. Cultural History, Bard Graduate Center, 2008
Ph.D. Cultural History, Bard Graduate Center, 2013
Donna Bilak is a historian of early modern science specializing in the history of alchemy in British North America, England, and the Continent; the study of emblematics; and jewelry history and craft technology. Bilak is co-editor with Tara Nummedal of Furnace and Fugue: A Digital Edition of Michael Maier’s Atalanta fugiens (1618) with Scholarly Commentary, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Digital Scholarship Initiative at Brown University. Bilak is currently working on a book project about playful humanism in Michael Maier's Atalanta fugiens (1618) with the support of the Center for Science and Society at Columbia University. Bilak has held fellowships at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University; The Making & Knowing Project at Columbia directed by Pamela Smith; and at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia. In addition to her research on Atalanta fugiens, Bilak is also involved in developing jewelry history and technology programs for undergraduate and graduate levels.
history of early modern science and alchemy; emblematics; jewelry history and craft technology; cultural heritage