SSEHRI Graduates

Marina Atlas
Masters of Public Health 2017
Northeastern University

Marina Atlas finished her MPH in 2017. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, where she received highest honors for her thesis on regulatory barriers to effective personal care product ingredient regulation under the FDA’s Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Prior to her studies at Northeastern, Marina worked for 5 years with the US EPA, Region 1 on toxics regulation while also providing free community assistance and outreach to over 70 communities in New England by reducing risk of toxic chemical exposure in schools. Marina seeks to gain a deeper understanding of epidemiological methods and biostatistical tools for identifying environmental contaminants in communities. She is interested in studying issues of environmental health and justice, especially with regard to reproductive and urban health.



Elizabeth Boxer 
Environmental Studies BA 2018
Northeastern University

Elizabeth Boxer graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies in 2018. She was a research assistant on the PFAS team.  She was also a research associate at the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative. Elizabeth’s research interests include environmental health, urban policy, and the social determinants of health.  Upon graduating from Northeastern, Elizabeth plans on continuing her education with a MPH in Environmental or Urban Health.  Previously, Elizabeth completed a co-op at MIT’s Energy Initiative and studied Environmental Science abroad at Swinburne University in Australia.




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.



Nickolas Faynshteyn Nickolas Faynshteyn photo
Sociology MA 2018
Northeastern University

Nickolas graduated with an MA in Sociology in 2018. He was a member of both SSEHRI and the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative (NJERC). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Nickolas’s research interests include environmental justice and education as well as green jobs training. In the fall he will be searching for positions in community organizing and development.



Clare Malone 
Sociology and Cultural Anthropology BA 2018
Northeastern University

Clare Malone graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology in 2018. Her interest in environmental health, public health policy, and community activism was sparked by previous co-ops at Boston Medical Center and Pathfinder International and past research opportunities within Northeastern’s Sociology Department. She did a co-op with the PFAS Project as an undergraduate research assistant. She plans to work in the public health field before pursuing a graduate degree in Public Health.



Yvette Niwa Yvette Niwa photo
Environmental Studies/International Affairs BA 2018
Northeastern University

Yvette Niwa graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and International Affairs in 2018. She first became interested in environmental health while working on a sustainability campaign in the Japanese American community of Los Angeles. She completed a co-op with Dr. Phil Brown, which involves research on perfluorinated compounds and pre-term birth in Puerto Rico. In her spare time, Yvette develops climate science curriculum for elementary school students and served on the executive board of Northeastern University’s environmental organization. She plans to move back to Los Angeles to study for the GRE and apply to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) graduate programs.



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.