Dr. Brown is currently teaching Environment, Health, and Society (SOCL 7267) for the Fall 2015 semester.
This seminar is oriented to graduate students, and to advanced undergraduates who have relevant background in sociology, anthropology, environmental studies, or public health. This seminar is the core introduction to social science-environmental health collaboration. It provides an overview of key issues in environmental health, through the lens of the transdisciplinary approach involving social science and environmental health, and through the “contested illnesses” perspective that focuses on disputes over environmental causation of disease. We situate environmental health in its scientific background, and in light of political-economic and ideological factors. Our sources of intellectual legacy are diverse, encompassing environmental sociology, environmental health, medical sociology, medical anthropology, science studies, environmental anthropology, community-based participatory research, environmental justice, and environmental history.