Kristen Cowan

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Kristen Cowan is an environmental epidemiology PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with research interests in how climate hazards impact health outcomes and social systems that make some groups more vulnerable to experiencing poor health outcomes from climate-related hazards than others. She works on studies examining the impacts of hurricanes and flooding in eastern North Carolina and the intersection of climate issues with other environmental justice issues across the state. Her dissertation work will focus on the impacts of wildfire exposure and hospitalizations among people who are incarcerated in the western United States.