Bhavna Shamasunder
Associate Professor and Chair, Urban and Environmental Policy
B.S./B.A., UC San Diego; M.ES., Yale University; Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Department Chair, Urban & Environmental Policy
Department Co-Chair, Public Health
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Bhavna Shamasunder teaches and conducts research at the intersection of environmental health & justice with a focus on inequalities in chemical exposures faced by low-income communities and communities of color who live and work in urban and/or industrial environments.

Read our research; Community-Based Health and Exposure Study around Urban Oil Developments in South Los Angeles

Read our letter to the LA City Council re: Oil and Gas Extraction in Los Angeles and Public Health Evidence 

Read our paper on "The Environmental Injustice of Beauty"

Research Interests

Environmental Justice, Environmental Health, Community Engaged Research, Chemical Exposures and Policy, Inequality, Social Movements. 

Current Research Projects

Race, Immigration, and the Public Understanding of Science: The Case of Skin Bleaching. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation's Science, Technology, and Society Division. 

Do you identify as a woman living in California between the ages of 18-49? If so, Take our Survey!

Taking Stock: Product Use Among Black and Latina Women funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program.  Our co-PI on this project is Black Women for Wellness and co-investigators are Silent Spring Institute and Dr. Ami Zota, George Washington University, School of Public Health.  

The Environmental Injustice of Beauty

Environmental Justice impacts from oil extraction and new unconventional drilling practices in Los Angeles  (check out the video by the Liberty Hill Foundation on the oil rush in LA

Energy Justice; Environmental Justice Based Approaches to Renewable Energy Landscapes