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Princeton University
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Eugenics, race, African American history, medicine, biology, psychiatry, public health, scientific racism
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About Me

Ayah Nuriddin is a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University. She received her PhD from the Department of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University in 2021. She was a Dissertation Fellow at the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (CHSTM) in 2018-19 and a graduate fellow in the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine in 2017-2018. She holds a Masters in History and Masters of Library Science (MLS) from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her dissertation, “Liberation Eugenics: African Americans and the Science of Black Freedom Struggles, 1890-1970,” analyzed African American engagement with eugenics, hereditarian thought, and racial science as part of a broader strategy of racial improvement and black liberation. Her work has appeared in Historical Studies of Natural Science, the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (JHMAS), and the Lancet. She has also appeared on American History TV on C-Span.

Recent Publications

Remembering the Mothers of Gynecology: Deirdre Cooper Owens’ Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology

The Black Politics of Eugenics

Working for the Race: Black Scholars, Invisible Labor, and the Baggage of Creating Space

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Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Medicine, Race, Science