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Alison Kenner, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and Center for Science, Technology and Society College of Arts and Sciences

Alison Kenner, PhD is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics, and a faculty member in the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Drexel University. Her research and teaching focus on 1) environmental health and the politics of care, 2) the spaces in which health and disease are produced (homes, cities, clinics, and public health networks), and 3) how embodied experiences of health and disease are technologically mediated. Her first book, To Breathe: Our Attachments to Place (forthcoming in 2018), documents the experiences of asthmatics and how asthma is cared for across different U.S. contexts. She also leads a Philadelphia-based project focused on air quality, sustainability, and health in the context of late industrialism. She established the Philadelphia Health and Environment Ethnography Lab (PHEEL) in spring 2014 to organize this work, to document the work of Drexel students who are involved with these projects, and to reflect on environmental health, ethnography, and teaching more broadly. Most recently, her research activities have centered urban climate change policy in the U.S. and how such policies address health disparities.