Birthing while Black

Subject code


Course Number



C. Shepard

Course Long Title

Birthing while Black

Cross Listed Courses


This course explores the complex and intense history of Black reproduction in the United States and abroad. Students examine the social value of Black life both during and after enslavement. They mine contentious topics such as welfare caps, compulsory sterilization, abortion access, and the disparate experiences of Black mothers in the U.S. healthcare system that have led to maternal death rates twice the national average. The course considers both the ordinary experiences of Black women birthing as well as the sensationalized experiences of mothers such as activist Erica Garner, athlete Serena Williams, and pop icon Beyoncé.

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(Africana: Gender)

INDS Program Relationship

IDAF - AFR Program, IDGS - GSS Program

GEC This Course Belongs To


Class Restriction

Exclude First Years

Offering Frequency

One-time offering