Kim Fortun is Professor in the University of California Irvine’s Department of Anthropology. She studies how people in different geographic and organizational contexts understand environmental problems, the uneven distributions of environmental health risks, developments in the environmental health sciences, and factors that contribute to disaster vulnerability. She is the author of Advocacy After Bhopal Environmentalism, Disaster, New World Orders and helps lead The Asthma Files, a collaborative project to understand the cultural dimensions of environmental health. She is a past co-editor of the Journal of Cultural Anthropology and president of the Society for Social Studies of Science. She holds a PhD from Rice University.