SSEHRI Graduates

Matt Judge
Sociology Ph.D. 2015
Northeastern University

Matt Judge is the first graduate of SSEHRI, having begun his Ph.D. before SSEHRI was established.  He served as a Research Assistant to Distinguished Professor Phil Brown. He has served as a Senior Teaching Assistant for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, having instructed courses: SOCL1001 Introduction to Sociology, SOCL 1248 Environment and Society, and SOCL1268 Social Movements.His dissertation is entitled ” Identification, Understanding, and Response: Exploring the Exposure Experience.”  Matt is now on the job market searching for academic advising jobs in higher education.



Jamie San Andres 
Sociology MA 2016
Northeastern University

Jamie San Andres is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and a member of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI). Her research focuses on the ways in which extractive development projects, such as Ecuador’s large-scale mining project El Mirador, impact Indigenous communities. She received bachelors degrees in Anthropology and Political Science from Fresno State University. In 2011, she interned with Yanapuma Foundation, an NGO that promotes sustainable development in Ecuador, and in 2012 she became an international human rights observer with Comisión Ecumenica de Derechos Humanos (CEDHU) in Intag, Ecuador. During this time she lived in a mining community and participated in a fifteen-day march led by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE). Since then, she has worked as a union and community organizer. Most recently, she conducted participatory action research with the CONAIE during a historic Indigenous uprising.



Nancy Toure Nancy Toure photo crop
Sociology MA 2017
Northeastern University

Nancy completed her MA in Sociology in May 2017. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Bryn Mawr College. Nancy’s research interest includes environmental justice and the intersections of race, class, gender, and the environment. Her thesis, entitled “Two Sides of the Same Coin: Police Brutality and Environmental Injustice” examines the relationship between police brutality and environmental injustice using GIS and Statistics. Nancy will continue her studies at the University of Illinois – Chicago where she will pursue a PhD in Sociology.


The first cohort of SSEHRI Ph.D. students entered the program in 2013 and is expected to graduate in 2018.