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Brittany Gaustad

Graduate Student

Ph.D. in Sociology

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Brittany V. Gaustad Shantz is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and instructor for an undergraduate course on social problems, at North Carolina State University. Brittany earned her Master of Public Policy in 2015 at Oregon State University and was a researcher for several years at NC State before entering the PhD program at NC State in 2019.

Brittany’s research focuses on social movements, public participation and environmental impacts related to land use decisions such as liquefied natural gas facilities, legacy pollution at military sites and PFAS water contamination. Brittany was a coauthor for a book chapter in “Fractured Communities: Risk, Impacts, and Protest against Hydraulic Fracking in US Shale Regions” that was a part of Oregon Sea Grant funded research, along with several works in progress.