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 across several academic institutions 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 and Iowa. 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.
Nicole L. Novak, Natalie Lira, Kate E. O'Connor, Siobán D. Harlow, and Sharon L. R. Kardia. Disproportionate Sterilization of Latinos Under California's Eugenic Sterilization Program, 1920-1945. American Journal of Public Health. 2018.
Alexandra Minna Stern, Nicole L. Novak, Natalie Lira, Kate E. O’Connor, Siobán D. Harlow, and Sharon L. R. Kardia. California’s Sterilization Survivors: An Estimate and Call for Redress. American Journal of Public Health 2017.
Digital and Online Projects
Past Events and Lectures
Lectures and Presentations
"Latinx Embodiments: Gender, Sexuality, Disability, Immigration, Health, and Reproduction across the Long Twentieth Century," Natalie Lira, Latina/o Studies Association Biennial Conference, Washington, D.C., July 13
Historical Justice for Sterilization Survivors: Redressing Eugenics in California, Alexandra Minna Stern, Stanford University, May 17, 2018
Sociodemographic Patterning of "Consent" and Coercion in California's State Eugenic Sterilization Program, 1936-1952, Nicole L. Novak, Population Association of America, April 27, 2018
California’s Eugenic Legacy: Demographic Analysis of State Eugenics Records, Nicole L. Novak, Genomics and Society: Expanding the ELSI Universe, June 7, 2017
Conferences and Meetings
Sterilization and Social Justice: Past and Present, University of Michigan, March 2017