Associate Professor, Center for Science, Technology, and Society, Drexel University


Alison Kenner is Associate Professor of Politics and a faculty member in the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Drexel University. Her first book, Breathtaking: Asthma Care in a Time of Climate Change (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), documents how care is materialized at different scales to address the U.S. asthma epidemic. From 2014-2020, Kenner led the Philadelphia Health and Environment Ethnography Lab (PHEEL), which facilitated collaborative projects between Drexel students, governmental and nongovernmental partners, and community organizations, including Climate Ready Philly, a climate education workshop series hosted in neighborhoods across the city. Her latest research, The Energy Rights Project, is a National Science Foundation funded study that looks at how organizations address energy vulnerability in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. She is an editorial collective member of Engaging Science Technology, and Society, the open access journal of the Society for Social Studies of Science.

Selected publications

Adams, James, Alison Kenner, Briana Leone, Andrew Rosenthal, Morgan Sarao, and Taeya Boi-Doku. “What is energy literacy? Responding to vulnerability in Philadelphia’s energy ecologies.” Energy Research & Social Science 91 (2022): 102718.

Kenner, Ali, Eliza Nobles, and Sarah Stalcup. “Cultivating a Politics of Sight for Vacant Land Use in Cities.” Anthropological Quarterly 95, no. 2 (2022): 387-415.

Ahmann, Chloe, and Alison Kenner. “Breathing late industrialism.” Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 6 (2020): 416-438.

Kenner, Alison. “Scrapping the Workshop of the World: Civic Infrastructuring and the Politics of Late Industrial Governance.” Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 6 (2020): 514-533.

Kenner, Alison. Breathtaking: Asthma care in a time of climate change. U of Minnesota Press, 2018.