About the Contributors

Emily Ardolino, A.B., received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in Anthropology with a focus on public health. She currently works as a researcher in occupational health and corporate ethics at Never Again Consulting.

Katherine A. Campbell, J.D., is a staff attorney with the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, D.C.

Maurie J. Cohen, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in Environmental Policy Studies at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, New Jersey.

Aaron Comrov was a student at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, New Jersey at the time the article reprinted here was initially published.

Charlie Cray, B.A., is with the Center for Corporate Policy in Washington, DC. He is the author of numerous reports about corporate reform and co-author of the book, The People’s Business: Controlling Corporations and Restoring Democracy.

David Egilman, M.D., M.P.H., is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He teaches and precepts residents in the Family Medicine Department. He has published on issues of health and safety, including the corporate corruption of science in the asbestos, beryllium, pharmaceutical, and other industries, and served as an exert witness at the request of injured patients and corporate defendants in tort and other litigation. He founded Global Health through Education Training and Service (GHETS,) a nonprofit that provides grants and technical assistance to primary care-oriented medical and nursing schools in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Diane Farsetta, Ph.D., is the Senior Researcher at the Center for Media & Democracy (CMD) in Madison, Wisconsin. Diane coauthored CMD’s three reports on sponsored public relations videos in newscasts, which led to the Federal Communications Commission’s first-ever investigation of the matter. She has contributed chapters to the two-volume academic review Battleground: The Media and the Project Censored books Censored 2007 and Censored 2008. In addition to CMD, Diane’s reporting has been published by The Progressive and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists magazines, and numerous web sites. She has a background in radio reporting and scientific research.

Nicholas Freudenberg, Dr.P.H., is Distinguished Professor of Public Health, and Director of the Doctor of Public Health Program at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is also founder and director of Corporations and Health Watch, a resource for researchers, activists, and public health professionals seeking to reduce health-damaging corporate practices.

Brian Hoffner was a student at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, New Jersey at the time the article reprinted here was initially published.

Stephen Gardner, J.D., is the Director of Litigation for the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Science in the Public Interest. He has served as Counsel to the National Consumer Law Center, Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University School of Law, Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York, Students’ Attorney at the University of Texas, and a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Central Texas. He is coauthor of The Practice of Consumer Law, Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices, and Consumer Class Actions.

Claudia Horwitz is Director of Stone Circles in Mabane, North Carolina, an organization that supports activists in deepening their capacity for social transformation through fellowships, workshops, and trainings in connecting the inner realm of spirit with the outer realm of social change work.

René I. Jahiel, M.D., Ph.D. (microbiology,) is formerly Research Professor of Medicine at New York University. He created the NYC Prenatal Diagnostic Lab in the 1970s, and was Cowriter of the Dellums Bill for a National Health System in the 1970s and 80s. He served as Chair of the Committee on Health Services Research of the American Public Health Association (APHA) from 1979 to 1986, and is a founding member and past Chair of the APHA Disability Forum. Dr. Jahiel is currently President of the École Libre des Hautes Études (ELDHE,) a not-for-profit international think tank in public health, and is chair of its study group on industrial diseases. He is also a member of the adjunct teaching faculty at the University of Connecticut Graduate Program in Public Health.

Jane Lethbridge, M.Sc., M.A. is MPA Programme Leader/Principal Lecturer in the Business School, University of Greenwich, Maritime Greenwich Campus, and a researcher at the Public Services International Research Unit in London, UK. Her main research interests are the global commercialization of health and social care, European social dialogue, trade union responses to neoliberal policies, and involving public sector workers in improving public services. She has worked with Public Services International (PSI) and the European Federation of Public Services (EPSU) since 2001.

Ruth E. Malone, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN, is Professor of Nursing and Health Policy and Vice Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Nursing at the University of California San Francisco. She received the American Legacy Foundation’s Sybil Jacobs Award for tobacco industry documents research, and she has been a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar. She served as a tobacco industry documents consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to the U.S. Department of Justice in its fraud and racketeering civil case against the tobacco industry, and as a WHO expert panel member on the tobacco industry. She is Editor of the BMJ international journal Tobacco Control.

Mari Margil, M.P.P. is the Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, Portland, Oregon. She is involved with campaign and organizational strategy, outreach, media, and leads the organization’s fundraising efforts. In 2008 she traveled to Ecuador where she assisted the country’s Constitutional Assembly on the rewriting of their Constitution. Prior to joining the Legal Defense Fund Mari was the Director of Corporate Transformation for Corporate Ethics International, conducting corporate accountability campaigns targeting multinational “big box” retailers. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Thomas E. Mertes, M.A., is the administrator of the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History at the University of California Los Angeles and teaches U.S. history courses for UCLA Extension. He is the editor of, and a contributor to, A Movement of Movements: Is Another World Really Possible? which grew out of his work as an editor for the New Left Review.

Judith A. Pojda, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. in Nutrition and Communications from Cornell University, and a B.S. in Food Science. She has worked on hunger issues overseas through agencies such as the United Nations, Catholic Relief Services, and in the U.S. Peace Corps. As a recipient of an undergraduate travel scholarship in 1986, Judith researched global food distribution policies. She believes that there must be a strong public nutrition component to the discipline of public health, and that the examination of nutritional consequences of corporate agribusiness influences is the key to alleviating hunger. She has coordinated the Agribusiness Accountability Initiative of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference since 2006.

Leon S. Robertson, Ph.D., is retired. From 1978 to 1998 he occupied various positions in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University. He previously served on the faculties of  Harvard University Medical School and Wake Forest University. He was also Senior Behavioral Scientist in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Dr. Robertson is author or coauthor of many books, most recently the Third Edition of Injury Epidemiology (Oxford University Press 2007.) He is also author of 148 articles in the scientific literature.

Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey leads programs at Stone Circles, a cross-cultural, multiracial community in Mabane, North Carolina for social justice and a sustainable and sacred relationship with the natural world.

Raymundo D. Rovillos, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Social Science and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Philippines, Baguio.

Lainie Rutkow, J.D., M.P.H. is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

Stephen P. Taret, J.D., MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and the Director of the Center for Law and the Public’s Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

Shelley K. White, M.P.H., O.T.R., is a doctoral candidate in the Sociology Department at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and holds a Masters Degree in International Public Health. She recently served as Policy Analyst at the University of Southern Maine and consultant with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services on HIV/AIDS policy and programming. She has also consulted with the international nonprofit organization Free the Children on international development and organizational policy. Shelley studies and has published on such topics as global HIV/AIDS and public health, globalization and political economy, human rights, development, and social change.

Donald W. Zeigler, Ph.D. is Director, Long Range Health Care Trends, American Medical Association, Chicago, Illinois. Donald was the lead author of the 2005 World Medical Association “Statement on Reducing the Global Impact of Alcohol on Health and Society,” and has published “International Trade Agreements Challenge Tobacco and Alcohol Control Policies” (Drug and Alcohol Review, 2006) and “The Alcohol Industry and Trade Agreements: A Preliminary Assessment” (Addiction, 2009, Suppl. I.) He serves on the governing Council and the Trade and Health Forum of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Advisory Board of the Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health.


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