Communication About Chernobyl
Based on archival and ethnographic research in Belarus, Olga Kuchinskaya examined how what is known about the consequences of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident has come to be known. Her analysis in The Politics of Invisibility: Public Knowledge about Radiation Health Effects after Chernobyl describes the production of the invisibility of Chernobyl health effects: practices that displace radiation and its health effects as an object of public attention and scientific research, and make them unobservable.
With support from the Environmental Protection Agency, John Mendeloff studied implications of the shift from risk-based to technology-based approaches of the Hazardous Air Pollutant Program.
John Mendeloff has completed research projects, across a range of sectors (e.g., construction, manufacturing), with particular attention to the determinants of compliance with OSHA standards, with support from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.