Mary Lagerway

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Mary Lagerway
Director and Professor of Nursing
(269) 387-8167
3466 Health and Human Services Building, Mail Stop 5345
Mailing address: 
Bronson School of Nursing
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5345 USA
  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University
  • M.S., Michigan State University
  • B.S., Grand Valley State University
  • B.A., Calvin College
Teaching interests: 
  • Social history of medicine
  • Medicine and gender
  • Community health

Dr. Mary Lagerway is the director and a professor of the Bronson School of Nursing at Western Michigan University.

Lagerwey’s research has focused on various aspects of health care ethics, with an emphasis on exploring what historical events and texts have to say about care for vulnerable populations. Using discourse analysis, she has conducted gendered analyses of Holocaust texts such as memoirs, journalistic responses within health professions and court documents as well as archived letters of nurses who practiced among the Navajo in the first half of the twentieth century. Lagerwey is currently preparing a grant application through the National Human Genome Research Institute of NIH regarding the ethical, social and legal implications (ELSI) of nursing and eugenics.

Since coming to WMU in 1995, Lagerwey’s teaching has encompassed community health (with an emphasis on culture, ethnicity, and disparities in health care), nursing history and research methods. A few years ago she developed an undergraduate health care ethics course. She frequently uses film and literature in classes to stimulate discussions on patient experiences and ethical dilemmas.

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