Action anthropology and pedagogy: University-community collaborations in setting policy

Sandra Lane, Robert Rubinstein, Lutchmie Narine, Inga Back, Caitlin Cornell, Alexander Hodgens, Monique Brantley, Rachel Kramas, Kathleen Keough, Brandon O'Conner, William Suk, Eric Morrissette, Mary Benson

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This article describes a student-led, community-participatory project focused on reducing the burden of childhood lead poisoning in rental housing. A multidisciplinary group of students and faculty worked with community members. We compiled the social, public health, economic, and policy information on the human and fiscal costs of childhood lead poisoning. This analysis was done for community advocates to use to persuade policymakers to enact a local law strengthening the prevention of childhood lead poisoning in rental property. In conducting this work, the students gained experience in qualitative research methods, quantitative data analysis, the health consequences of lead exposure, health policy, urban health, science writing, and public presentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-299
Number of pages11
JournalHuman Organization
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011


  • action anthropology
  • community-participatory research
  • lead poisoning
  • teaching
  • urban health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences


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