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Kerry Ard

Ohio State University

Based in

United States
North America

Kerry Joy’s research explores how social processes create and sustain environmental inequalities by race and class and how these unequal exposures are linked to health disparities. She uses sociological concepts to understand the issues of social inequality and the environment. Her work covers the arc of environmental inequality from an investigation into its political causes to its ultimate consequences of social disparities in health outcomes. At the foundation of her work is a perspective that scholars need to bring the insights from the field of sociology to bear on the causes of environmental risk and resulting effects on health. Current research provides little doubt that pollution is unequally distributed by race and class. Future research in this field needs to work toward gaining insight into actionable social and political areas that are at the core of these inequalities. In all of her research my goal is to uncover the political leverage points that will address social inequalities.

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Kerry Ard & Matthew Dowiatt*. 2020. “Environmental Justice.” In Handbook of US Environmental Policy, Edward Elgar Publishing (April 2020).

Kerry Ard. 2019. “Book Review: Food Justice Now! Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle,” Joshua Sbica, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press American Journal of Sociology. 125(2): 621-623 (July 2018).

Clair Bullock, Kerry Ard & Grace Saalman*. 2018. “Measuring the relationship between state environmental justice action and air pollution inequality, 1990-2009,” Review of Policy Research. 35(3), 466-490 (April 2018).

Daniel Ruiz, Becerra, Marisol Becerra*, Jyotsna Jagai, Kerry Ard & Robert Sargis. 2018. “Disparities in Environmental Exposures to Endocrine- Disrupting Chemicals and Diabetes Risk in Various Ethnic Groups,” Diabetes Care. 41,193–205 (January 2018).

Kerry Ard, Nick Garcia* & Paige Kelly*. 2017. “Another Avenue of Action: An Examination of Climate Change Countermovement Industries Use of PAC Donations and Their Relationship to Congressional Voting over Time,” Environmental Politics 26(6), 1107–1131 (August 2017).

Kerry Ard & Paul Mohai. 2011. “Hispanics and Environmental Voting in the U.S. Congress,” Environmental Practice. 13(4), 302-313 (January 2017).

Kerry Ard, Cynthia Colen, Marisol Becerra*, & Thelma Valez*. 2016. “Two Mechanisms: The Role of Social Capital and Industrial Pollution Exposure in Explaining Racial Disparities in Self-Rated Health,” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 13(10), 1-16 (October 2016).

Kerry Ard & Malcolm Fairbrother. 2016. “Pollution Prophylaxis? Social Capital and Environmental Inequality,” Social Science Quarterly 98(2), 584–607 (July 2016).

Kerry Ard. 2016. “By all measures: an examination of the relationship between segregation and health risk from air pollution,” Population and Environment 38(1), 1-20 (January 2016).

Dorceta Taylor & Kerry Ard. 2015. “Understanding the Complexity of Detroit’s Food Environment: Access, Justice, and Social Change,” Environmental Practice 17(2), 102-133 (June 2015).