Merlin Chowkwanyun is the Donald H. Gemson Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. His work centers on the history of community health, environmental health regulation, racial inequality, and social movement/activism around health. His upcoming book, All Health Politics is Local: Battles for Community Health in the Mid-Century United States, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press. He is working on another book on political unrest at medical schools and neighborhood health activism during the 1960s and 1970s. He is also the PI (Co-PI David Rosner) on a recent National Science Foundation Standard Research Grant for ToxicDocs.org, a depository of millions of pages of once-secret documents on industrial poisons. He teaches courses on health advocacy and mixed methods, and in the CORE, co-teaches the social determinants module. He is most proud of the two teaching awards he has won at the Mailman School of Public Health for Excellence in Teaching and Innovation in Teaching.
Merlin Chowkwanyun serves as an Executive Committee Member.