Research and Consulting

Active mountaintop removal site at Kayford Mountain, West Virginia.

One of my major research streams focuses on the impact of extractive industries and environmental health. Collecting original qualitative data, I have examined community support for invasive mining techniques such as mountaintop removal and most recently, the social dimensions causing the resurgence of black lung among coal miners in central Appalachia. Above all else, my research seeks to uncover structures of power and inequality that affect vulnerable populations.

Select Publications 

Bodenhamer, Aysha. 2020. “‘Outlaw Operators’: Prevention Failures and the Resurgence of Black Lung in Central Appalachia,” National Issue Brief. 149. Durham, NH: Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire. (

Bodenhamer, Aysha and Thomas Shriver. 2020. “Environmental Health Advocacy and Industry Obstruction: The Case of Black Lung Disease.” Rural Sociology. 85(3): 757-779.

Bodenhamer, Aysha. 2019. “The Resurgence of Black Lung in Central Appalachia: The Silencing of Coal Miners and Toxic Occupational Exposure.” A. McIvor and Yong-an Zhang (eds.), special issue of the Journal of the Social History of Medicine and Health on ‘Working Environments and the Body: Historical and Comparative Perspectives on Coalfield health, Disease, and Disability.’ 4(1):137-163. June 2019 (Social Sciences Academic Press, CHINA). In Chinese.

Grether, Scott T. and Aysha Bodenhamer. 2019. “Analyzing Police Violence Against Men.” TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association (

Behnke, Andrew O., Aysha Bodenhamer, Taylor McDonald, and Mayra Robledo. 2019. “The Impact of the Juntos Program: A Qualitative Evaluation.” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 41(1):63-84.

Shriver, Thomas E. and Aysha Bodenhamer. 2018. “The Enduring Legacy of Black Lung: Environmental Health and Contested Illness in Appalachia.” Sociology of Health & Illness. 40(8), 1361-1375.

Bodenhamer, Aysha. 2016. “King Coal: A Study of Mountaintop Removal, Public Discourse, and Power in Appalachia.” Society & Natural Resources 29(10):1139-1153

Applied and Consulting Work

Do you have customer-based or other assessment needs?  I have worked with health clinics, professional organizations, and non-profit organizations to meet their workplace needs. If you have any of the needs below, please reach out to me directly at

  • Needs Assessments
  • Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Participant Satisfaction
  • Worker Satisfaction
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