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Speaker Series

"An Enduring Dilemma: Black Infant Mortality in Historical Perspective"
Professor Wangui Muigai, PhD
White 204 (Reed Hall)

Wangui Muigai is a historian of medicine and science at Brandeis University where she is Assistant Professor in the departments of History, African and African American Studies, and the Health: Science, Society and Policy Program. Her research on race and health has appeared in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine and the British Journal for the History of Science. In 2017 she served as the ACOG History Fellow in the History of American Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is currently at work on a book-length history of black infant mortality in America.

Professor Sergio Sismondo, PhD
Location: TBA (co-hosted with Harvard Medical School)

Sergio Sismondo does research in Science & Technology Studies at intersections of philosophy and sociology of science. Recently he has been studying the nature and distribution of pharmaceutical research, seeing this as a project in the political economy of knowledge. Earlier and continuing work has been connected to questions about realism, constructivism, and deflationism. In addition to many articles, he is the author of Ghost-Managed Medicine: Big Pharma's Invisible Hands (Mattering, 2018), An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies (2nd edition Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), Science Without Myth: On Constructions Reality, and Social Knowledge (SUNY, 1996) and co-author with physicist Boris Castel of The Art of Science (Broadview, 2003). He has edited journal issues on Practices of Modeling and Simulation (Science in Context, 1999), and Intersections of Pharmaceutical Marketing and Research (Social Studies of Science, 2004). Sismondo is currently editor of the journal Social Studies of Science , one of the flagship journals in Science and Technology Studies.