Paul Mohai

Faculty Affiliate
College or Department name: 
School for Environment and Sustainability
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Ph.D. Environmental Sociology & Environmental/Natural Resource Policy, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1983
M.S. Statistics, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, 1976
M.S. Environmental Science, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, 1976
B.A. Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, 1971
Research Interests: 

Professor Mohai’s teaching and research interests are focused on environmental justice, public opinion and the environment, and influences on environmental policy making. He is a founder of the Environmental Justice Program at the University of Michigan and a major contributor to the growing body of quantitative research examining disproportionate environmental burdens and their impacts on low income and people of color communities. In 1990, he co-organized with Dr. Bunyan Bryant the “Michigan Conference on Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards”, which was credited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as one of two events bringing the issue of Environmental Justice to the attention of the Agency. He is author or co-author of numerous articles, books, and reports focused on race and the environment, including “Environmental Racism: Reviewing the Evidence”, “Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards”, “Toxic Waste and Race at Twenty”, and “Which Came First, People or Pollution?”. His current research involves national level studies examining the causes of environmental disparities and the role environmental factors play in accounting for racial and socioeconomic disparities in health. Through a grant from the Kresge Foundation, he is also examining pollution burdens around public schools and the links between such burdens and student performance and health.