Public Health and Environmentalism


A number of environmental factors can adversely affect public health. At John Jay College, scholars are committed to promoting healthy communities by contributing to our knowledge about public issues affecting health. Topics of study include pesticides, occupational safety, and urban community health concerns, such as drug use and HIV prevention.

Amy Adamczyk (Department of Sociology) studies intersections between education, cultural attitudes and beliefs, and health-related behaviors.

Anthony Carpi (Department of Sciences) studies Environmental Chemistry, Science Education, Environmental Toxicology, and Environmental Forensics. Specific areas include the biogeochemical cycle of mercury and the potential impact of climate change on mercury chemistry. His research includes a combination of laboratory and field studies to investigate these processes toward understanding the potential effects of global climate change on the environmental mercury cycle.

Ric Curtis (Department of Anthropology) is a leading public health researcher who investigates a range of justice-related topics including drug markets and drug taking behavior and HIV/AIDS. He is currently working on several projects: a study for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to examine drug injector behaviors in Long Island and New York City; a study of drug dealing and violence in Rochester, New York; and a study of child prostitution.

Ernest Drucker (Senior Research Associate) is a leading public health researcher who conducts research in HIV/AIDS, drug policy, and prisons, and is active in public health and human rights efforts in the US and abroad. He is now completing a book for The New Press: A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America.

Yi He (Department of Sciences) researches explosives and environmentally important pollutants as well as illicit drugs such as amphetamine and its metabolites.

Anthony Lemelle, Jr. (Department of Sociology) is widely published in the areas of African Americans and HIV/AIDS, African American culture, and black masculinity.

Gerald Markowitz (Department of History) is a leading expert on public health and occupational safety and has published widely on pollution and political responses to public health concerns, including the lead industry.

Gloria Proni (Department of Sciences) studies the sereochemical determination of organophosphorus pesticides by means of electronic and vibration circular dichroism and optical microscopy in polarized light.

Edward Snajdr (Department of Anthropology) is currently researching the dynamics of place and urban change in the framework of the Atlantic Yards Project in Brooklyn, New York, with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Travis Wendell (Research Associate) conducts research on drug use and drug markets, specifically methamphetamine markets in New York City (funded by the National Institute of Justice) and HIV risk behavior (funded by Centers for Disease Control).