Steering Committee

Andrew Bergman profile photoAndrew 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 profile photoPhil 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, 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 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. 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 profile photoRebecca 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 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 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.


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, as well as contributing to its working group on Capacity, Policy, and Finance working group.


Nicholas Shapiro profile photoNicholas Shapiro is 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.


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 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.