Sterilization and Social Justice Lab

The Sterilization and Social Justice Lab is an interdisciplinary research team interested in the history of sterilization in the United States. Our team includes historians, epidemiologists, and digital humanists and we explore patterns and experiences of eugenics and sterilization in the 20th century using mixed methods from the social sciences, humanities, and public health. Initially focused on California, our project is expanding to include North Carolina, Iowa, and Michigan. We seek to connect this history to reproductive, disability, and racial justice, and to reflect on the relevance of the past to social justice today.

Several of these images used courtesy of the California State Archives.