Screenshot of the http://www.antievictionmap.com/ homepage

I’m in Southern California for the next six days, hanging out with anthropologists and talking about research, design, and ethics. “Ethnography and Design: Mutual Provocations” is organized and hosted by CoLED; the conference is situated in the tradition of experimental ethnography. In addition to learning about CoLED and the work of scholars and practitioners in the…

A comparative map made by Nick Shapiro, based on our state health department survey

At the first Drexel STS Works in Progress talk, Alex Skula and I presented some findings from our study with Public Lab. We’ve been working with Gretchen Gehreke and Nick Shapiro this year, surveying state health departments about their capacity to respond to citizen requests for information about indoor air contaminants, and residential testing. I…

Hazard Reporting Project

Summer is officially ending over here at Drexel, and PHEEL had its first meeting of 2016-2017 on Friday September 16th. As I mentioned back in June, about two-thirds of our team graduated (yay!! + what?!) so this meeting focused on regrouping and setting an agenda for the year. We have a few key items to…

Three views of the cleaning of a fossil specimen acquired in the late 19th century by the Academy of Natural Sciences. By Paul Callomon, August 2016.

(This text was written for The Asthma Files quarterly newsletter) We ran the first 6Cities field school in Philadelphia this summer. Based out of Drexel University, I had the opportunity to run the field school as a 4-credit course in the College of Arts and Sciences during the summer quarter. Rather than taking the full…

Mapping Segregation - New York Times

I am really jazzed to be teaching a new course during Drexel’s summer quarter, “Civic Field School.” It’s an intensive — a ten week course packed into five — and also a hybrid, which means that half our time is spent in the classroom, and the other half is spent in the field or online….

Shreya Patel, Fieldwork, October 2014

Well, not everyone, but lots of PHEEL students are collecting diplomas at the end of this week and heading off to jobs in public health, environmental policy, or graduate school! Please join me in congratulating Eman Addish, Danni Bartolenzo, Alex Boudekadas, Elizabeth Ferris, Cat Lowther, Daisy Manapsal, Kathryn McNamara, Bhavika Patel, Shreya Patel, Hined Rafeh,…

Cards Against Humanity by Brett Jordan

Last November at the American Anthropological Association Meetings I was on a great panel, an invited session, organized by Matt Durington and Sam Collins (Towson University). During the panel, Matt presented and shared one of his many pedagogical innovations, Cards Against Anthropology. A spin off of the popular Cards Against Humanity, CAA is designed to facilitate…