Bhavna Shamasunder

Regional Network: 
National Fellows
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Associate Professor
Occidental College

Bhavna Shamasunder is a Ph.D student at the Universiy of California, Berkeley. Previously, she was the coordinator of the Environmental Health and Justice Program at Urban Habitat, where she worked in partnership with low-income communities and communities of color in the San Francisco Bay Area to address the disproportionate negative effects of social, environmental, and economic policies, through strategies that include community outreach, strategic research, regional coalition-building, policy, and advocacy. Bhavna researched corporate financial ties and conflicts of interest at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, and taught courses on environmental justice at San Francisco State University. She published "Financial Ties and Conflict of Interest Between Pharmaceutical and Tobacco Companies" in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Bhavna has a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Science and Environmental Health Network and Breast Cancer Action.