Lauren Richter

Lauren Richter

Assistant Professor

Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Dr. Richter was an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. She received a Leadership Grant from the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation to complete a Research Fellowship at the Silent Spring Institute and Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She worked at the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment in California before completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at Northeastern University. 

Areas of Interest

  • Environmental justice and health
  • Environmental sociology
  • Social movements and backlash
  • Environmental policy
  • Sociology of ignorance
  • The corporate form
  • White supremacy
Ph.D. (Sociology, Northeastern University)
M.A. (Sociology, Washington State University)
B.A. (Sociology, Connecticut College)


Recent Publications

Liévanos, Raoul S., Elisabeth Wilder, Lauren Richter, Jennifer Carrera, and Michael Mascarenhas. 2021. “Challenging the White Spaces of Environmental Sociology." Environmental Sociology. 7(2):103-109.

Richter, Lauren, Alissa Cordner, and Phil Brown. 2021. “Producing Ignorance Through Enviromental Regulatory Structure: The Case of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS).” Sociological Perspectives 64(4):631-656.

Nost, Eric, Sara Wylie, Chris Sellers, Becky Mansfield, Kelsey Breseman, Gretchen Gehrke, Lourdes Vera, Lauren Richter, and EDGI. 2020. “Environmental Data for the Green New Deal.” Science for the People (23)2.

Cordner, Alissa, Lauren Richter, and Phil Brown. 2019. “Environmental Chemicals and Public Sociology: Engaged Scholarship on Highly Fluorinated Compounds.” Environmental Sociology 5(4):339-351.


Crime and Law; Health & Mental Health; Colonization, Racialization, Indigeneity; Theory