Faculty Scholars Program

Wangui Muigai, PhD

Class of 2025
  • Assistant Professor of History & African and African American Studies
Brandeis University
Scholar Project

Wangui Muigai is Assistant Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Brandeis University, where she is also a core faculty member of the Health: Science, Society, and Policy Program. A scholar of race and health, her research examines historical experiences of birth and death, sickness and health in Black communities. She is particularly interested in how notions of trust shape medical interactions, expectations, and health outcomes. Through her published work on topics including Black midwifery, the birth certificate, and maternal and infant health, Dr. Muigai brings historical insight into ongoing dilemmas in health and health care. Prior to her current faculty position, she was the Florence Levy Kay postdoctoral fellow in Race, Science and Society at Brandeis University. She has served as the History Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and, most recently, was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

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Trusting Black Women: Exploring Identity, Decision-Making, and History

Grant Cycle: 2021 - 2022

This project examines trust through the health experiences and ethical perspectives of Black women in the United States. In bringing together bioethical inquiry and historical analysis that centers Black women’s narratives, it asks: What does trust mean for Black women? How have Black women articulated their views and values about trust? How might these insights guide clinicians, policymakers, and other stakeholders invested in enhancing trust in medicine and addressing the health needs of Black women? In analyzing past and present views on an issue that is vital to bioethics, medicine, and society, the project aims to inform and reframe debates about race, gender, and health care. 


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