Udodiri R. Okwandu

Udodiri R. Okwandu

Udodiri Okwandu

Research Interests: Medicalization and racialization of social deviance in the context of mental health/psychiatry; social, economic, and political factors in society's understanding of disease; race and the history of medicine.

Udodiri is a doctoral student in the History of Science at Harvard University. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 2017 with an AB in the History of Science and a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Her senior thesis, which won the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize, an award which recognizes outstanding scholarly work or research by students selected by a committee of faculty from Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, examined the medicalization and racialization of Civil Rights protests in the 1960s, contextualizing it with the rise of law and order political ideology.

Udodiri is passionate about using her research to explore the histories of Black Americans as it relates to medicine and science. In her future work, she hopes to continue to focus on areas such as race and medicine, medicalization, racialization, and mental health. In her spare time, Udodiri enjoys trying out new recipes, reading, fitness, and curating listening playlists.

Previous Degrees: 
AB., History of Science, Harvard University