Emma Lawlor

About Emma Lawlor

political ecology of health, labor geography, environmental history, agricultural production, Central America


Graduate Research Fellow, June 2015 - present, National Science Foundation 

Graduate Research Assistant, August 2013 - May 2014, Climate Assessment for the Southwest, University of Arizona

Research Interests

I am a third-year graduate student researching the social, political, and environmental dynamics surrounding an emerging epidemic of chronic kidney disease in rural Central America. I conducted my thesis fieldwork in summer 2014 in the Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador, in collaboration with the partner NGOs Asociación Mangle and EcoViva.

Between college and graduate school, I worked a series of health-related jobs doing outreach, advocacy, and research - in Nicaragua and with immigrant/farmworker populations in North Carolina.

Selected Publications

Rhodes, S.D., Mann, L., Simán, F.M., Song, E., Alonzo, J., Downs, M., Lawlor, E., Martinez, O., Sun, C.J., O’Brien, M.C., Reboussin, B.A., & Hall, M.A (2015). The impact of local immigration enforcement policies on the health of immigrant Hispanics/Latinos in the USA. American Journal of Public Health, 105(2), 329-337.

Quandt, S. A., Arcury‐Quandt, A. E., Lawlor, E. J., Carrillo, L., Marín, A. J., Grzywacz, J. G., & Arcury, T. A. (2013). 3‐D jobs and health disparities: The health implications of latino chicken catchers' working conditions. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 56(2), 206-215.

Lawlor, E. (2015). Kidneys, Chemicals, and Clinics: What Rural Communities and the Salvadoran Government Are Doing About a Global Epidemic. EcoViva.



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Contact Information

Emma Lawlor
Office: ENR2 S595-CC


MA, Geography, University of Arizona, expected Fall 2015

BA, History, Wake Forest University, 2011

Courses Taught

TA Positions:

GEOG 170A: Introduction to Physical Geography, Fall 2014 & Spring 2015