I'm an associate professor of sociology at Rutgers University. My research and teaching cut across environmental health, gender, consumption, food studies, and science & technology studies.
Much of my research explores the individualization of risk in the context of widespread environmental pollution. As science and technology reveal environmental contaminants in our air, water, soil and food, I find that women and mothers are held accountable for protecting children and future children from chemical exposures. As I show in my book, Better Safe than Sorry, this responsibility plays out in women's everyday lives, during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and as they shop for their children, prepare family meals, and manage their children's health.
My latest project explores public perceptions of indoor and outdoor air quality in areas heavily impacted by urban air pollution and wildfire smoke.
I'm currently Chair-Elect of the Environmental Sociology Section of the American Sociology Association.
I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental health, social inequalities, gender, food studies, and research methods.
If you're on Twitter, you can find me at: @nmackend
Department of Sociology
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ