Nicholas Shapiro

Assistant Professor

(310) 206-2366

DPhil, Anthropology, University of Oxford
MPhil, Medical Anthropology, University of Oxford
BA, Global Public Health and Anthropology, Bard College

Nicholas Shapiro is a multidisciplinary environmental researcher that studies, and designs interventions into, issues of chemical contamination and climate change. He has worked tracking the quasi-legal resale of 120,000+ chemically contaminated housing units after Hurricane Katrina, developing air monitoring systems with communities impacted by unconventional natural gas extraction, and testing fossil fuel-free means of long distance air travel.

Current projects include:
● Leading a multidisciplinary lab focused on the environmental health conditions of life within carceral institutions.
● Studying the efficacy and microbiome impacts of a low-cost bio-phyto air remediation system.
● Finishing a book about toxic homes, climate change, settler-colonialism, and the desire for a radically different future, provisionally entitled “Homesick”.
● Wrapping up his participation in the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI), which he co-founded in 2016.

For more information on his publications see here.

For more information on his hardware and software projects see here.

● 2017 Outstanding Contribution to Making and Doing, Society for the Social Studies of Science. A juried prize awarded annually to recognize STS knowledge and expertise that extend beyond the academic paper or book.
● 2017 J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award, Society of American Archivists. A juried prize awarded annually for advancing archival projects with broad long-term impact. (as a founding member of EDGI)
● 2015 Cultural Horizons Prize, Society for Cultural Anthropology. A juried prize awarded annually for the best article in Cultural Anthropology.