We welcome Assistant Professor Lauren Richter to the St. George Department of Sociology. Prior to joining us, she was with the Department of Environmental Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her research and teaching focus on social inequality, health, and the environment. She uses qualitative interviews, ethnography, and archival approaches to broadly examine responses to adverse environmental health impacts. She focuses on US regulatory frameworks and scientific knowledge production to understand how inequality shapes pollution exposure and recourse. Her research and teaching are inspired by critical race theory, environmental justice, science and technology studies and environmental sociology.
Professor Richter has published in Environmental Sociology, Environmental Health, Environmental Science & Technology, Social Studies of Science, Organization & Environment, the American Journal of Public Health, and the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology. In 2016 she co-founded the Racial Equity Task Force for the American Sociological Association Section on Environmental Sociology and in 2018 co-organized the Bridging the Gap: Race and Environment conference at Temple University.