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Ph.D., 2009, Sociology
Laura Senier is assistant professor in sociology and anthropology and health sciences. Her research interests include the sociology of medicine and public health, community environmental health, and environmental justice. She is principal investigator on an NIH Mentored Research Scientist Award to study how political barriers hinder research translation, or the effort to migrate scientific discoveries into clinical and public health practice. Previously, she has studied how the search for genetic predictors for common diseases, such as cardiovascular disease or cancer, has drawn scientists away from searching for social and environmental causes of health inequalities, such as poverty or environmental pollution. Her work has appeared in Social Science & Medicine; Sociological Inquiry; Organization & Environment; and Environmental Science & Technology. In 2008, she received the Karen Wetterhahn Award, from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Senier was the first social scientist to receive this award, given annually to a graduate student funded by the Superfund Research Program. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in sociology of health and illness, environmental health, environmental justice, and qualitative research methods.