Elizabeth Hoover

Biography

Elizabeth Hoover received her PhD in Anthropology at Brown University, focusing on environmental justice in Native American communities. She conducted her dissertation fieldwork, which she is currently crafting into a book, in the Mohawk community of Akwesasne, examining how industries and Superfund sites along the St Lawrence River, and subsequent health studies around these sites, have affected people's perceptions of their bodies and the environment. She is also working with indigenous farming organizations such as Kanenhi:io Ionkwaienthon:Hakie (We Are Planting Good Seeds) who are trying to reconnect the community with traditional food and a healthier lifestyle. After teaching at Elizabethtown College in PA and St. Olaf College in MN, Elizabeth returned to Brown University where she is currently Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies. She teaches courses about community engaged research and environmental health and justice in Native American communities. In addition, she is a co-leader of the Community Engagement Core of Brown University’s Superfund Basic Research Project, working with community groups around Rhode Island who are dealing with issues of environmental contamination. In addition Elizabeth is a board member of the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, a coalition formed to education Rhode Islanders about issues of environmental justice. She is also a faculty advisor for NAB (Native Americans at Brown) a student support group for Native students at Brown University.

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