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Sociology Professor Publishes Research

Assistant Professor of Sociology Erica Morrell recently co-authored a research paper about the intersection of environmental contamination, racism, and maternal and infant health.

Her paper, titled, “Community Perspectives During a Lead Contaminated Drinking Water Crisis: Lessons for Lactation and Other Health Providers,” was co-authored by African American Breastfeeding Network Executive Director Dalvery Blackwell and was published by SAGE Publishing’s Journal of Human Lactation.

Morrell and Blackwell centered their research in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to describe the unique challenges and opportunities African American families face when raising young children in contaminated environments, especially when it comes to breastfeeding.

Read the abstract and a brief summary of her findings.

Morrell is a theoretical and applied sociologist who specializes in food and environmental justice, social movements, the politics of knowledge, health inequality, as well as feminist, postcolonial, and critical race theory. She teaches and conducts research on food and environmental justice, social movements, the sociology of knowledge, environmental sociology, health equity, and reproductive justice. She works to be an antiracist practitioner who supports resurgent pedagogies and praxes.

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