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Brown University , Providence RI
Laura Senier worked with the Contested Illnesses Research Group during her graduate career at Brown, from 2003-2009. During that time, she worked on an NSF-funded study of coalition formation between labor unions and environmental organizations and on Brown’s NIEHS-funded Superfund Research Grant. She also coordinated an extensive service-learning component for the 2006 environmental justice seminar, placing 22 undergraduate students in volunteer positions with communities throughout southern New England that were engaged in an environmental justice struggle. Her research interests include the sociology of public health and medicine, community environmental health, and environmental justice. Dr. Senier’s dissertation research examined how the search for genetic causes for common, complex diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, is impacting public health science and policy in the United States.
Dr. Senier currently holds a joint appointment in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology and the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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