Lourdes Vera

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Lourdes Vera

Lourdes Vera

Research Interests

Environmental Health and Justice; Studies of Science, Technology, and Society; Critical Race Theory; Social Movements; Data Visualization and Analytics


Lourdes Vera is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Department of Environment and Sustainability at UB. As an environmental sociologist and civic scientist, she works with communities living near oil and gas development to monitor their air for contaminants. She also serves on the coordinating committee of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, envisioning and building digital tools and research infrastructures for environmental data justice. Her interdisciplinary work spans environmental science, social science, and critical theory with articles appearing in Atmospheric Environment, Engaging Science, Technology and Society and Mobilization.


  • PhD, Northeastern University, 2022
  • MA, Northeastern University, 2017
  • MAT, CUNY Brooklyn College, 2014
  • BA, Barnard College at Columbia University, 2012