Steering Committee

Phil Brown profile photo

Phil Brown is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences, and directs the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University. He studies biomonitoring and household exposure, chemical policy concerning flame retardants and perfluorinated compounds, reporting back data to participants, and health social movements. He works with Northeastern’s Children’s Environmental Health Center and Superfund Research Program, and is a member of the NIEHS Advisory Council. His EDGI work focuses on the interviewing project.







Lindsey Dillon profile photoLindsey Dillon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz, and is affiliated with the Environmental Studies Department, the Community Studies Program, and the Science and Justice Center. She studies environmental and economic justice in US cities. With EDGI she works on the EPA interview team, the Capacity and Governance working group, helps out with the EDGI’s report, “100 Days and Counting,” and serves as co-chair of the steering committee.







Gretchen Gehrke profile photoGretchen 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.






Stephanie Knutson profile photoStephanie Knutson is the Grants Administrator for the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) at Northeastern University. Within EDGI she serves as the Grants Coordinator and Bookkeeper and as a member of the Steering Committee.








Michelle Murphy profile photoMichelle 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 (an EDGI partner) and is Professor of History and WGSI at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the EDGI steering committee, works with the archiving/tech team, the funding team, and also does general organizational support.







Kevin Nguyen is an average human in Universe, who plays with computers, hoping to make our world work for everyone.










Christopher Sellers profile photoChristopher Sellers is Professor 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. A specialist in oral histories as well as the history of environmental politics, I’ve been heading up much of EDGI’s interviewing initiative, lead “wrangler” and author of “EPA Under Siege,” the first entry in the 100 Days Report, as well as contributing to its working group on Capacity and Governance.






Nicholas Shapiro profile photoNicholas Shapiro is the Matter, Materials and Culture Fellow at the Science History Insitute 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 and serves as co-chair of the steering committee.







Lourdes Vera profile photoLourdes Vera is a PhD student in Sociology and member of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) at Northeastern University. She is interested in how D.I.Y. tools and data visualization can help communities mobilize to address environmental health and justice concerns. With EDGI, she has helped build and update this very website! She is also a member of EDGI’s Environmental Data Justice working group.







Sara Wylie profile photoSara 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 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. She is the co-editor of EDGI’s 100 Days Report.