Steering Committee

Maya Anjur-Dietrich

Maya Anjur-Dietrich is a PhD student in Applied Physics at Harvard University. In EDGI, she has worked on developing workflow and primer materials for archiving, training and organizing for DataRescue events, and on developing the website monitoring team, in addition to working in the Capacity, Policy, and Finance group. Her graduate work focuses on understanding the mechanisms of force generation during cell division, specifically forces acting on chromosomes by the mitotic spindle. She holds a BS in bioengineering from Stanford University.

Andrew Bergman is a PhD student in Applied Physics at Harvard University, studying self-organization and design of programmable materials using DNA-coated colloidal particles. He is a member of EDGI’s steering committee, and he has helped develop and lead the website monitoring team and design the software platform the team uses. He has also worked to develop EDGI’s data archiving efforts and has helped lead DataRescue events across the country.

Phil Brown is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Science at Northeastern University, where he directs the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute. He is the author of No Safe Place: Toxic Waste, Leukemia, and Community Action, and Toxic Exposures: Contested Illnesses and the Environmental Health Movement, and co-editor of Social Movements in Health, and Contested Illnesses: Citizens, Science and Health Social Movements. He studies biomonitoring and household exposure, social policy concerning flame retardants and perfluorinated compounds, reporting back data to participants, and health social movements. He directs an NIEHS T-32 training program, “Transdisciplinary Training at the Intersection of Environmental Health and Social Science.” He heads the Community Outreach and Translation Core of Northeastern’s Children’s Environmental Health Center (Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico/CRECE) and both the Research Translation Core and Community Engagement Core of Northeastern’s Superfund Research Program (Puerto Rico Testsite to Explore Contamination Threats (PROTECT). He is a member of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council, a Congressionally mandated body that advises the secretary of HHS, the director of NIH, and the director of the NIEHS on matters relating to the direction of research, research support, training, and career development supported by the NIEHS.

Lindsey Dillon (Chair of the Steering Committee) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz, and is affiliated with the Environmental Studies Department and the Science and Justice Center. She studies environmental and economic justice in US cities. With EDGI she works on the EPA interview team, and tracks Congressional environmental policy deregulation with UC Santa Cruz graduate students Megan Martenyi and Vivian Underhill.

Gretchen Gehrke is the Data Quality and Advocacy Manager at Public Lab, an environmental community science organization. At Public Lab, Gretchen works with partner communities to interpret environmental legislation, design studies, and analyze and communicate environmental data. Prior to joining Public Lab, Gretchen held postdoctoral research scientist positions at the US Environmental Protection Agency and Duke University in environmental chemistry and engineering. Gretchen earned her PhD in Environmental Geochemistry at the University of Michigan, and dual bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College. Living in Durham, North Carolina, Gretchen serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Schoolhouse of Wonder, a nature-based children’s leadership development and environmental education organization. Previously, Gretchen taught middle school science and social studies.

Rebecca Lave coordinates EDGI’s version tracking work and is an Associate Professor in Geography at Indiana University (for identification purposes only).  Her academic research combines physical and social science, and focuses on the construction of scientific expertise, market-based environmental management, and water regulation in the U.S.

Michelle Murphy is a science and technology studies scholar whose research focuses on chemical exposures, environmental justice and the Great Lakes.  She is the Director of the Technoscience Research Unit and is Professor of History at the University of Toronto.  She is a member of the EDGI steering committee, co-organizer of the first archiving event, works with the tech team, the funding team, and also does general organizational support.

Matt Price is a historian of science and technology interested in the social impacts of technologies. His interest in digital technology emerged out of research (especially on early cybernetics, in the 1950s and 1960s) and partly from a practical engagement teaching technical skills to kids and people in social housing.

Toly Rinberg is a second year PhD student in Applied Physics at Harvard University, researching programmable self-organization of colloidal systems. In EDGI, he works on developing the website tracking platform, synthesizing reports for NGOs, congressional offices and think-tanks as part of the Capacity, Policy, and Finance Working Group, and supporting the DataRescue events by developing organizational frameworks to connect website tracking and archiving efforts.

Christopher SellersProfessor of History at Stony Brook University whose work has delved into the history of environment and health, of cities and industries, and of inequality and democracy, with a focus on the United States and Mexico. I began my career studying the environmental and health histories of industrialization and of institutional bulwarks such as medicine and the corporation, which led to works such as Hazards of the Job (1997); (with Christine Rosen) “The Nature of the Firm” (1999); and (edited with Gregg Mitman and Michelle Murphy) Landscapes of Exposure (2003). I then studied the ties between sub/urbanization and those experiences, movements, expertise and politics characterized as “environmental,” resulting in Crabgrass Crucible (2012) and a forthcoming book on Atlanta, which also steps back to ask questions about inequality and democracy. I am currently writing up my latest departure, Toxic Crossings, an in-depth comparative and transnational study of the history of industrial hazards in Mexico and the United States from the twentieth into the twenty-first century.  A specialist in oral histories as well as the history of environmental politics, I’ve been heading up much of EDGI’s interviewing initiative, as well as contributing to its working group on Capacity, Policy, and Finance working group.

Nicholas Shapirois the Matter, Materials and Culture Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Open Air Fellow at Public Lab. He is a critic and practitioner of environmental monitoring and mitigation, collaborating across the social sciences, the natural sciences, and the arts. He initiated the conversation that led to the creation of EDGI, is a member of the EDGI steering committee and the funding team, works with the website tracking team, helps with institutional partnerships, and also lends general organizational support.

Bethany Wiggin is the Founding Director of the Program in Environmental Humanities and Associate Professor of German at the University of Pennsylvania. She also leads the place-based public research and advocacy seminar on Philadelphia’s tidal Schuylkill River, home to a wildlife sanctuary and part of the eastern seaboard’s largest oil port and refinery complex.

Sara Wylie is an Assistant Professor in Northeastern University’s Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute. Wylie is jointly appointed in Sociology/Anthropology and Health Sciences. She is also a JBP Environmental Health Fellow with Harvard School of Public Health. Sara is a cofounder of Public Lab, a non-profit that develops open source, Do It Yourself tools for community based environmental analysis. She received her Ph.D. from MIT’s History, Anthropology, Science, Technology and Society (HASTS) Program in 2011. Her dissertation Corporate Bodies and Chemical Bonds: An STS Analysis of the American Natural Gas Industry is an ethnographic study of the role science based NGOs played in the emergence of public concerns about the human and environmental health impacts of chemicals used in natural gas extraction, particularly hydraulic fracturing. Based on her dissertation she has a forthcoming book with Duke University Press on developing web-based tools to help communities and experts across the country study and hold extractive industries accountable for their social and environmental impacts. Sara seeks to develop new modes of studying and intervening in large-scale social issues such endocrine disrupting chemicals and corporate accountability through a fusion of social scientific, scientific and art/design practices. Pursuing these interests Sara taught in Digital+Media at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for three years before moving to Northeastern.