Wangui Muigai

Graduate Student in the History of Science

Princeton University

Wangui is a graduate student in the history of science program at Princeton University. 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.