Lauren Richter is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at Northeastern University and a member of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute. Lauren studies scientific controversies around chemical exposure and human health effects. Her dissertation examines the discovery of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), a class of chemicals in widespread use since the 1950s. She is a Switzer Foundation Fellow, and received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement award in 2017. She contributes to the EDGI interviewing project.