CV & Publications

curriculum vitae at Donna Bilak

Gershom Bulkeley alchemical notebook



Furnace and Fugue: A Digital Edition of Michael Maier’s Atalanta fugiens (1618) with Scholarly Commentary. Co-edited with Tara Nummedal (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2020).

Chasing Atalanta: Maier, Steganography, and the Secrets of Nature. In Furnace and Fugue (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2020).

“Out of the Ivy and into the Arctic: Imitation Coral Reconstruction in Cross-Cultural Contexts.” Special Issue, “Rethinking Performative Methods in the History of Science.” Guest Editor, Marieke M. A. Hendriksen. Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Vol. 43 (2020): 314-366.

“The Jeweler’s Art and Alchemical Transformation.” In  Jewelry Stories: Highlights from the Collection 1947-2019, ed. Barbara Paris Gifford. Stuttgart: Arnoldsche Art Publishers in association with the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, 2020.

“The Making and Knowing Project: Reflections, Methods, and New Directions.” Co-authored with Pamela H. Smith, Joel Klein, and Jenny Boulboullé. West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, Vol. 23, No.1 (Spring-Summer 2016): 35-55.

“Decoding Bronzino’s Portrait of Eleonora di Toledo (c.1539): An Iconography of Jewels and Dress.” In Agnolo Bronzino: The Muse of Florence, ed. Liana De Girolami Cheney (Washington, DC: New Academia Publishing, 2014), pp. 371-392.

“Alchemy and the End Times: Revelations from the Laboratory and Library of John Allin, Puritan Alchemist (1623-1683).” Special Issue, “Alchemy and Religion in Christian Europe.” Guest Editor, Tara Nummedal. Ambix: The Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, Vol.60, No.4 (November 2013): 390-414.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. “Allin, John (1623-1683), non-conformist minister and alchemist.”



Guest Editor, “Gold and Mercury: Amalgamated Histories in Chemistry, Culture, and Environment.” Special Issue, AMBIX: The Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Early Chemistry. February 2023.

“Colonial Chymistry and Spaces of Experiment in Gershom Bulkeley’s Laboratory Notebook.” In Spaces of Making and Thinking: Environments of Creative Labor in the Early Modern Period. Colin Murray, Sophie Pitman, and Tianna Helena Uchacz, eds. New York: Bard Graduate Center.

“Making and Knowing Pedagogy.” In Secrets of Craft and Nature in Renaissance France. A Digital Critical Edition and English Translation of BnF Ms. Fr. 640. Pamela H. Smith, Naomi Rosenkranz, Tianna Helena Uchacz, Tillmann Taape, Clément Godbarge, Sophie Pitman, Jenny Boulboullé, Joel Klein, Donna Bilak, Marc Smith, and Terry Catapano, eds. New York: The Making and Knowing Project, 2020.

“Laboratories and Technology: Chymical Practice and Sensory Experience.”
In A Cultural History of Chemistry in the Early Modern Age, ed. Bruce T. Moran. Vol. 3 of A Cultural History of Chemistry, eds. Peter Morris and Alan Rocke. London: Bloomsbury.



Coda: The Jeweler’s Bench. Object of the Month, feature exhibition “A View from the Jeweler’s Bench: Ancient Treasures, Contemporary Statements.” Bard Graduate Center (February 14 – July 7, 2019)

Gershom Bulkeley (1635-1713): A Sensory Chymist in Colonial Connecticut
The Recipes Project. 19 April 2018

Blast from the Past: Atomic Age Jewelry and the Feminine Ideal
Distillations Magazine, Science History Institute. Vol.1, No.1 (Spring 2015): 34–37

The Crying of Lot 222: A Victorian Brooch Deconstructed
Ornamentum, Vol.31, No.1-2 (Spring/Summer 2014): 18-21



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