Bhavna Shamasunder

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: bhavna@oxy.edu
  • Phone: (323) 341-4695

Education: B.S./B.A., UC San Diego; M.ES., Yale University; Ph.D., UC Berkeley

Research Interests

Environmental Justice, Environmental Health, Community Engaged Research, Chemical Policy, Biomonitoring, Social Movements

Research Projects

Debates Over Chemical Biomonitoring/"Body Burden"; Chemical Policy and Politics

Environmental Justice impacts from oil extraction and new unconventional drilling practices in Los Angeles

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)


Board Member, Science and Environmental Health Network http://sehn.org

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