John Wargo, PhD

Director, Center for Children’s Environmental Health, Yale University

Dr. John Wargo is a Professor of Political Science and of Environmental Risk Analysis and Policy at Yale University. His most recent work has focused on children’s exposure to air pollution, especially diesel emissions.

Dr. Wargo has conducted extensive research on childhood vulnerability to complex mixtures of toxic substances, particularly pesticides. His research explores spatial, temporal, and demographic distribution of environmental health risks, providing a basis for evaluating past environmental and natural resource management policies, and for suggesting legal reform.

Professor Wargo has also conducted extensive research on the ecological basis of park and protected area management, concentrating on the Adirondack Park in New York, barrier islands within U.S. National Seashores, and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. He is affiliated with the Yale–New Haven Teachers Institute, and works with urban primary and secondary school teachers in developing environmental curriculum units. He is a fellow of Branford College.

Dr. Wargo received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.L.A. from the University of Massachusetts, and his Ph.D. from Yale University.