Learn more about me

Meet Phil Brown

My research includes disputes over environmental causation of illness, community response to toxic waste-induced disease, biomonitoring and household exposure to toxics, environmental health research ethics, health social movements, and the Jewish experience in the Catskill Mountains resort area.

Projects & Publications

Check out the links below for Phil Brown’s projects and publications.

PFAS Project Lab

The PFAS Project Lab studies social, scientific, and political factors related to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). We produce rigorous, accessible research about the PFAS contamination crisis through collaborations with impacted communities, leading interdisciplinary researchers, and nonprofits. 


The mission of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) is to conduct social science-oriented research, teaching, community engagement, and policy work in the area of environmental health. 


The Catskills Institute preserves the legacy of Jewish life in the Catskills by holding an annual History of the Catskills Conference (since 1995), keeping an extensive website, maintaining the world’s largest archive of Catskills material, developing museum exhibitions, public speaking, and assisting researchers and filmmakers.


Published books and monographs.