Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

Our People

Sasha Adkins, PhD and MPH

Title/s:  Lecturer

Specialty Area: Public Health, Environmental Studies

Office #:  BVM 214

Phone: 773-508-8922


CV Link: Adkins2018CV


Adkins found their way to environmental health through a circuitous path that involved apprenticing with homebirth midwives, developing a health program for migrant farm workers, and working on HIV-prevention with a small AIDS service organization. Along the way, they became fascinated with plastics and their influence on the surrounding environments and people. The most memorable part of their dissertation research was sailing with Captain Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation on a coastal research expedition in Mexico.


  • PhD in Environmental Studies from Antioch University, New Hampshire
  • MPH in International Health from Oregon State University
  • Bachelor of International Studies, World Issues Program, School for International Training, VT

Program Areas

environmental justice, toxics, endocrine disruption, global health

Research Interests

Adkins studies plastics as a toxicological problem, looking at the adsorption of toxicants to plastic marine debris, and as a spiritual problem, looking at the consequences of disposable culture on our relationships to ourselves, to each other, and to the planet. They also work on incorporating anti-racist, decolonizing pedagogy into science courses.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Fellow, GreenFaith (religious-environmental leadership)
  • American Public Health Association
  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences

Courses Taught

  • ENVS 101
  • Environmental Health Course

Selected Publications

  • “Slow Violence: The Erosion of Plastic Marine Debris and Public Health” in Plastic Legacies, edited by Ian Shaw, Sy Taffel, and Trisa Farrelly [ book-chapter (in press)]
  • Plastics as a Spiritual Crisis, in Watershed Discipleship: Reinhabiting Bioregional Faith and Practice edited by Ched Myers 2016-10-21 | book chapter ISBN: 978-1498280761
  • How Wide Is the Ocean in Whole Terrain, Volume 17 (pp 14-16) 2010 | journal-article