Alison Kenner


3250-60 Chestnut Street
United States


Assistant Professor


I am an associate professor in the Department of Politics, and a faculty member in the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Drexel University. My 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. My first book, Breathtaking: Caring for Asthma in a Time of Climate Change (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), focused on the experiences of asthmatics and how asthma is cared for across different U.S. contexts.

Currently, I lead a Philadelphia-based project focused on air quality, sustainability, and health in the context of late industrialism. I established the Philadelphia Health and Environment Ethnography Lab (PHEEL) in spring 2014 to document this work, the work of Drexel students who are involved with these projects, and to reflect on environmental health, ethnography, and teaching more broadly.