Wangui is a doctoral candidate in the Program in the History of Science, studying the history of medicine and public health in the U.S. Her dissertation examines infant mortality in African American communities from the era of slavery to the Great Migration.
In 2017 she will serve as the ACOG History Fellow in the History of American Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 2015-2016 she was a Fellow in the Society of Woodrow Wilson Scholars.
She completed general exam fields in: History of Medicine and Public Health (Keith Wailoo), U.S. Cultural and Intellectual History (Daniel Rodgers), and History of Modern Science (Michael Gordin) in May 2014.
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.