Paul Mohai teaches courses on the topics of environmental justice, environmental justice and health, and environmental public opinion. He has been a major contributor to the growing body of quantitative research examining disproportionate environmental burdens and their consequences in low income and people of color communities.
Professor Mohai’s current research involves examining the causes of environmental disparities and the role environmental factors play in accounting for racial and socioeconomic disparities in health. He is also examining pollution burdens around public schools and the links between such burdens and student performance and health. Recent publications include: “Air Pollution around Schools Is Linked to Poorer Student Health and Academic Performance” (Health Affairs, 2011); “Environmental Concerns, Values, and Meanings in the Beijing and Detroit Metropolitan Areas" (International Sociology, 2010); “Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Residential Proximity to Polluting Industrial Facilities: Evidence from the Americans' Changing Lives Study” (2009, American Journal of Public Health); "Environmental Justice" (Annual Review of Environment and Resources 2009); and “Reassessing Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Environmental Justice Research” (Demography, 2006). He is also co-author of Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards (with B. Bryant) and Toxic Wastes and Race at 20 (with R. Bullard, R. Saha, and B. Wright).
Lee, Sangyun, and Paul Mohai. 2012. “The Socioeconomic Dimensions of Brownfield Cleanup in the Detroit Region.” Population & Environment: In press.
Mohai, Paul, Byoung-Suk Kweon, Sangyun Lee, and Kerry Ard. 2011. “Air Pollution Around Schools Is Linked To Poorer Student Health And Academic Performance.” Health Affairs 30(5): 852-862.
Mohai, Paul, Paula Lanz, Jeff Morenoff, James House, and Richard P. Mero. 2009. “Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Residential Proximity to Polluting Industrial Facilities: Evidence from the Americans' Changing Lives Study.” American Journal of Public Health 99 (S3): S649-S656.
Mohai, Paul, David N. Pellow, and Timmons Roberts. 2009. "Environmental Justice." Annual Review of Environment and Resources 34:405–30.
Bullard, Robert D., Paul Mohai, Robin Saha, and Beverly Wright. 2008. "Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty: Why Race Still Matters after All of These Years." Environmental Law 38(2): 371-411.
Mohai, Paul. 2008. “Equity and the Environmental Justice Debate.” Research in Social Problems and Public Policy 15: 21–49.
Mohai, Paul, and Robin Saha. 2006. “Reassessing Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Environmental Justice Research.” Demography 43(2): 383-399.