My research includes disputes over environmental causation of illness, community response to toxic waste-induced disease, biomonitoring and household exposure to toxics, environmental health research ethics, health social movements, and the Jewish experience in the Catskill Mountains resort area.


Phil Brown is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences, and Director of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute. From 1980 to 2012, he taught at Brown University, as Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies.  His recent books are  Toxic Exposures: Contested Illnesses and the Environmental Health Movement  and Contested Illnesses: Citizens, Science and Health Social Movements. At Brown, he founded the Contested Illnesses Research Group in 2000, which is the predecessor of Northeastern’s Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI). He is co-director of both the Community Engagement Core and Research Translation Core of PROTECT/Puerto Rico Test Site to Explore Contamination Threats (Superfund Research Program).

Affiliated website:

Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) Webpage: northeastern.edu/environmentalhealth/

PFAS Project Webpage: pfasproject.com/


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