Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology
The Ohio State University
Dr. Kerry Ard is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology at The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources. Dr. Ard’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. The goal of Dr. Ard’s research is to uncover the political leverage points that will address social inequalities.