Assistant Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy
I work on issues related to environmental health and justice with focus on the disparate and cumulative burdens faced by communities of color and the poor. I am also interested in how social movements leverage science in campaigns for justice.
- Office: Urban & Environmental Policy Institute 203
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (323) 341-4695
- Office Hours: TR 1-2pm or by appointment
Education: B.S./B.A., UC San Diego; M.ES., Yale University; Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Note: I am on leave in Fall 2016 as a Visiting Researcher; Georgetown University; School of Nursing & Health Studies; Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment. I will be back at Oxy for Spring 2017
Environmental Justice, Environmental Health, Community Engaged Research, Chemical Policy, Biomonitoring, Social Movements
Current Research Projects
Debates Over Chemical Biomonitoring/"Body Burden"; Chemical Policy and Politics
Equity and Environmental Justice Based Approaches to Climate Adaptation
Research Methods in Urban and Environmental Policy (UEP 304); Environmental Health and Policy (UEP 201); Society and Environment (UEP 101); Senior Comprehensive Seminar (UEP 410/411)
August 11, 2016; Invited Speaker by Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury; Environmental Exposures and Neighborhood Oil Drilling in Los Angeles: Issues of Government and Governance; http://www.grandjury.co.la.ca.us/
August 3, 2016; Invited Talk by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and The Empowerment Congress; Landscaping Environmental Equity in LA County: A Look at Recent Challenges and their Impact on Public Health; MLK Center for Public Health; http://empowermentcongress.org/
April 9, 2016; Panelest "Climate Change & Global Health"; Los Angeles Policy Symposium, “People, Planet, Profits: Policy Solutions for a Changing World”
April 2016; "Beyond Distributional Justice: The Race, Class, and Climate Implications of Oil Development in Los Angeles”; Panel on Climate Change: Impacts, Equity, and Policy Struggles. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting; San Francisco, CA
February 12, 2016; "Citizen Science: When the Community Conducts Their Own Research"; Stakeholder Roundtable, Environmental Health Investigations Branch, Department of Public Health.
January 21& 22, 2016; "Race, Health Disparities, and Community Engaged Research: Case Study of Los Angeles"; Symposium on the Public Health Dimensions of Oil and Gas Development: Tools, Strategies, and Collaboration.
November 15, 2014; Democratizing Technologies; University of California, Santa Barbara
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Indo-American Environmental Fulbright Fellowship
University of California Chancellor's Fellowship
“Beyond Distributional Justice: Neighborhood Oil Drilling in Los Angeles”; in Contested Expertise in Toxic Environments; Spring 2017; University of Pittsburgh Press.
“Chlorpyrifos Contamination across the Food System: Shifting Science, Regulatory Challenges, and Implications for Public Health”; in The Intersection of Food and Public Health: Examining Current Challenges and Solutions in Policy and Politics; (Forthcoming) Spring 2017; CRC Press/Taylor & Francis.
Shamasunder B, Mason R, Ippoliti L, & Robledo L; (June 2015); "Growing Together: Poverty Alleviation, Community Building, and Environmental Justice Through Home Gardens in Pacoima, Los Angeles"; Environnmental Justice (http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/env.2015.0005 )
Shamasunder B and Morello-Frosch R (2015) Scientific contestations over ‘toxic trespass’: health and regulatory implications of chemical biomonitoring. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 1-13 (http://escholarship.org/uc/item/99d4b17n)
Sadd, James and Shamasunder, Bhavna; "Oil Extraction in Los Angeles: Health, Land Use, and Environmental Justice Consequencess"; in Drilling Down: The Community Consequences of Expanded Oil Development in Los Angeles; Liberty Hill Foundation.
List to a podcast by the Science and Environmental Health Network about this article and the connection to National Chemical Policy Reform.
Crude LA: California's Urban Oil Fields; VICE News; April 27, 2016
"Flint is Just the Tip of the Iceberg"; New Republic; February 10, 2016
National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences Grants Review Panel
Board Member, Science and Environmental Health Network
California Board of Registered Nursing; Public Member; Appointed by Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon