Active mountaintop removal site at Kayford Mountain, West Virginia.

One of my major research streams focuses on the impact of extractive industries on environmental conditions, community, work, and health. Collecting original qualitative data, I have examined how the intersection of power, discourse, social control, and environmental risk collectively shape perceptions of coal in the region.

A second related stream of research focuses on environmental health movements and contested environmental illness. Currently, I am examining the contestation of black lung disease among coal miners in central Appalachia. In this multifaceted research project, I analyze the ways in which black lung victims and their supporters confront the illness and challenge various agencies and institutions for redress, as well as the ways in which elites contest illness claims. The project has broader implications for environmental degradation, workplace environmental exposures, healthcare, and the legal system.

Select Publications 

Manuscripts Under Review

“The Enduring Legacy of Black Lung: Environmental Health and Contested Illness in Appalachia” Sociology of Health and Illness

Journal Articles

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

Technical Reports

Bodenhamer, Aysha. 2016. RSS Graduate Student and Recent Graduate Survey Results, Rural Sociological Society.

Bodenhamer, Aysha. 2016. Juntos Annual Evaluation Report. Department of Youth, Family and Community Sciences, North Carolina State University.

 Mekolichick, J., Allen, K., Bodenhamer, A., Brackin, A., Williams, A. 2010. Campus Carbon Footprint Survey Report. Department of Sociology, Radford University. (