Program: History of Science
Fields of Study: History of Medicine, US Cultural and Intellectual History, History of Science,
Advisor: Keith Wailoo
Wangui is a graduate student in the history of science program. Her research focuses on medical, statistical, and public health ideas and practices at the turn of the twentieth century. She is specifically interested in the history of infant mortality, including shifts in cultural meaning, public and private responses, and the invention of the infant mortality rate (IMR).
In 2009, Wangui received an A.B. cum laude from Harvard in History and Science. Her thesis, “The New Emancipation: Birth Control in the Black Community and the Story of the Harlem Branch Birth Control Clinic” was awarded the Thomas T. Hoopes prize.