Department of Public Health

Dr. Marianne Sullivan

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Office: University Hall 368
Phone: 973-720-3481
Office Hours: By appointment

Department: Public Health
Position: Professor, Director Global Public Health Honors Track

Area Specialization
Environmental Health; Children’s Lead Exposure; Environmental Health Policy, Mining/Smelting and Public Health; Participatory Research


DrPH, Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

MPH, Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Berkeley.

BA, Cultural Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA.

Selected Publications


Fredrickson L, Sullivan M, Sellers C, Ohayon J, Kohl E, Lamdan S, Cordner A, Hu A, Kaczowka K, Navas N, Wicks L, Environmental Data and Governance Initiative. A Sheep in the Closet: the Erosion of Enforcement at the EPA. November, 2018., Fredrickson and Sullivan are co-first authors.

Sellers C, Dillon L, Ohayon JL, Shapiro N, Sullivan M, Amoss C, Bocking S, Brown P, De la Rosa V, Harrison J, Johns S, Kulik K, Lave R, Murphy M, Piper L, Richter L, Wylie S. Environmental Data and Governance Initiative. The EPA Under Siege: Trump’s Assault in History and Testimony. June 2017.

Peer-Reviewed Books

Tainted Earth: Smelters, Public Health and the Environment, Rutgers University Press, 2014.

Book Chapters

Green D, Sullivan M, Nolan K. Environmental injustice in resource-rich Aboriginal Australia. In Holifield R, Chakraborty J, and Walker G. Handbook of Environmental Justice. Routledge. In Press.

Sullivan M, Taylor MP. Tracking down and using grey literature. In Lee K and Hawkins B. Corporations and Global Health Governance:  An interdisciplinary research guide. Roman and Littlefield, London, 2016.

Sullivan M, Chao S, Allen C, Kone A, Krieger JW, Pierre-Louis M. Community Research Partnerships: Perspectives from the Field. In Minkler M, Wallerstein N, eds. Community Based Participatory Research for Health. Jossey Bass, San Francisco, 2003:113-130.

Selected Peer Reviewed Articles

Sullivan M, Lopez M. Compliance with Mandated Lead in Water Testing in New Jersey’s School Districts. Journal of Environmental Health. July 2019;82.1:14-19

Cooper N, Green D, Sullivan M, Cohen D. Environmental justice analyses may hide inequalities in Indigenous people’s exposure to lead in Mount Isa, Queensland. Environmental Research Letters. 2018;13(8): 084004.

Fredrickson L, Sellers C, Dillon L, Ohayon J, Shapiro N, Sullivan M et al., the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative. History of Past Presidential Assaults on Modern Environmental Protection. American Journal of Public Health. 2018;108(S2):S95–S103.

Dillon L, Sellers C, Underhill V, Shapiro N, Ohayon J, Sullivan M,  et al., the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative. The Environmental Protection Agency in the Early Days of the Trump Administration: Prelude to Regulatory Capture. American Journal of Public Health. 2018; 108(S2):S89–S94

Green D, Sullivan M, Cooper N, Dean A, Marquez C. A pilot study of children’s blood lead levels in Mount Isa, Queensland. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017 Dec; 14(12): 1567. [Green & Sullivan are co-first authors]

McCrindle J, Green D, Sullivan M. The association between environmental lead exposure and high school educational outcomes in four communities in New South Wales, Australia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017 Nov 16;14(11):1395.​

Sullivan M. Hamilton and Hardy: mentoring and friendship in the service of occupational health. Public Health Reports 2017;132(5): 539-544.

Sullivan M, Green D. Misled about lead: an assessment of online public health education material from Australia’s lead mining and smelting towns. Environmental Health 2016 Dec; 1;15(1):1-12. 

Sullivan, M. More Evidence of Unpublished Industry Studies of Lead Smelter/Refinery Workers. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 2015 Jun doi:12:2049396715Y0000000010.

Sullivan M. Reducing Lead In Air and Preventing Childhood Exposure Lead Smelters: Learning from the US Experience. New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy.  2015 May; 25(1):78-101 doi:10.1177/1048291115569027.

Sullivan M. An Historical Example of Selective Publication: Lead Smelter Workers and Cancer. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health 2012;18(2):124-9.

Sullivan M. Asarco and the Occupational Standard for Inorganic Arsenic: Contested Science and Exposed Workers. Public Health Reports 2007 July-Aug;122:541-547.

Sullivan M, Bhuyan R, Senturia K, Shiu-Thornton S, Ciske S. Participatory action research in practice: a case study in addressing domestic violence in nine cultural communities. Journal of Interpersonal Violence 2005 Aug;20(8):977-95.

Shiu-Thornton S, Senturia K, Sullivan M. "Like a bird in a cage": Vietnamese women survivors talk about domestic violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence 2005 Aug;20(8):959-76.

Sullivan M, Senturia K, Negash T, Shiu-Thornton S, Giday B. "For us it is like living in the dark": Ethiopian women's experiences with domestic violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence 2005 Aug;20(8):922-40.

Bhuyan R, Mell M, Senturia K, Sullivan M, Shiu-Thornton S. "Women must endure according to their karma": Cambodian immigrant women talk about domestic violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence 2005 Aug;20(8):902-21.

Cheadle A, Sullivan M, Krieger JW, Ciske SJ, Shaw M, Eisinger A, Higgins DL. Using a Participatory Approach to Provide Assistance to Community Based Organizations: the Seattle Partners Community Research Center. Health Education and Behavior 2002;29(3):383-394 .

Sullivan M, Kone A, Senturia KD, Chrisman NJ, Ciske SJ, Krieger JW. Researcher and Researched-Community Perspectives: Toward Bridging the Gap. Health Education and Behavior 2001;28(2):130-149.

Selected Media

Carswell, Cally. EPA is reluctant to punish law-breaking polluters. High Country News Dec 28, 2018 Re-published in Mother Jones, Salon, and Grist.

Diep, Francie. EPA Policing of Environmental Violations Plummeted in 2018 Pacific Standard Nov 21, 2018.

Sullivan M and D Green. Pregnant Women and Parents Misled About Dangers of Living with Lead Pollution, The Conversation 2016 Jan 12.

Nunnally D. Three decades after the Asarco smelter shutdown, its toxic legacy surprises Tacoma newcomers Tacoma News Tribune 2015 Nov 7.

Sullivan M. How We Know the Smelter Was Harmful Op-Ed. Tacoma News Tribune 2015 Nov 13

Selected Presentations

Sullivan M. Addressing Childhood Lead Exposure: progress and challenges in Germany and the US since 1970 Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, June 7, 2019.

Sullivan M. Tracking the Trump Administration’s Impact on the Environmental Protection Agency. Ecologic Institute, Berlin, January 2018.

Sullivan M. Tracking the Trump Administration’s Impact on the Environmental Protection Agency. Ecologic Institute, Berlin, January 2018.Sullivan M. Exploring the Remarkable Professional Relationship between Alice Hamilton and Harriet Hardy Through Their Letters. American Public Health Association, Denver, CO, November 2016.

Sullivan M. and Sellers C. The History of the Occupational Lead Standard, How Class Works Conference, SUNY Stonybrook, June 9-11, 2016. Part of interdisciplinary panel entitled “Lead Smelting: Historical and Contemporary Issues in Environmental Health, Class, and Social Justice,” panel organized by Marianne Sullivan and Chris Sellers. 

Sullivan M. Responses to Smelter Pollution in the US. Invited presenter. Unequal Exposure: the Distribution and Health Impacts of Air Pollution in Australia. University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. March 4-5, 2015.

Sullivan M. Narratives of Environmental Danger and Disaster. Invited panel participant. Humanities Institute, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY. December 2014.

Sullivan M. Contesting the role of arsenic in lung cancer: the roles of the tobacco and smelting industries. American Public Health Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. November 2014.

Sullivan M. Can we learn from a toxic past? U.S. Smelters, Public Health, and the Environment in the 20th Century. Labor and Working Class History Association Meeting. New York, NY. June 2013.

Sullivan M. Data and Disparities: Assessing access to autism services among low-income Latinos in Nassau County. From the Outside In: Sustainable Futures for Global Cities and Suburbs. Hempstead, NY March 2013.

Sullivan M. Corporate practices and public health: a review of current thinking in the field. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. November 2010.

Sullivan M. Community health and smelting in historical perspective. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. November 2009.

Sullivan M. Politics of environmental pollution in the post-war period: Asarco’s Tacoma copper smelter. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. November 2007.

Fellowships and Grants

Schlesinger Library, Radcliff Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. Research Support Grant, 2015-2016.

Environmental Protection Agency, Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellow.

American Legacy Foundation Fellow. Columbia University, Center for Applied Public Health.

Related Professional Experience

Epidemiologist, Public Health Seattle & King County.

Courses Taught

Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Tobacco as a Public Health Issue, Health Research Methods I, Program Evaluation, Community Health Assessment, Program Planning & Implementation, Introduction to Public Health, Health, Disease, Society & the Environment