Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin Madison

Laura Senier

Assistant Professor
346B Agricultural Hall
1450 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

(608) 890-0981

Office Hours: By appointment


Laura Senier holds a joint appointment in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology and the Department of Family Medicine. Her research interests include the sociology of public health and medicine, community environmental health, and environmental justice. Her dissertation explored how the search for genetic causes for common, complex diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, is impacting public health science and policy in the United States. Earlier in her career, Laura worked in the field of injury epidemiology, studying the relationship between alcohol abuse and intentional and unintentional injuries among Army soldiers. Laura is involved in ongoing research collaborations with colleagues at several other universities. She is a member of Brown University's Contested Illnesses Research Group, which strives to characterize the field of health social movements and advance the theoretical and empirical tools for studying them. She is also part of a multidisciplinary collaboration with a team of researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health on an NIEHS-funded project to identify communication problems that arise among different stakeholders involved in the design of community health studies: community activists, scientists, and government regulators. Finally, she collaborates with researchers at the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University on a study of health beliefs and behaviors among residents of assisted living facilities. Laura received a fellowship from the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, and is a recipient of the Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award from the NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.