John P. Wargo

Tweedy-Ordway Professor of Environmental Health and Politics Yale University School of the Environment.
Chair, Yale College Environmental Studies Major and Program.
Visiting and Consulting Professor at Yale-NUS College.
Visiting Professor, Universität Basel, Switzerland, Graduate School of Law and Economics.

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Faculty Support

Pablo Montes

Room 124
Kroon Hall
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. and Masters degrees, Yale University
and BA degree, University of Pennsylvania



Professor Wargo’s research explores threats to human health posed by environmental hazards, including exposures to pesticides, vehicle emissions, toxins in foods, plastics, flame-retardants, metals, and chemicals released outdoors and indoors.  Current research examines environmental and health challenges associated with the global food system.   He authored Green Intelligence winning the Independent Publishers Gold Medal in Environment, Ecology and Nature; Scientific American Favorite Science Book of 2010; and the Connecticut Book Award for Non-Fiction. Our Children’s Toxic Legacy, published by Yale Press won the American Publishers’ Association Prize as the best Book in Political Science. He has testified before U.S. Senate and House Committees recommending legal strategies to protect children from environmental hazards, and has been an advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, the Vice President’s office, several EPA administrators, and the Secretary of Agriculture. He has been a member of EPA’s Scientific Advisory Panel/Board on Pesticides, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s scientific panels, advisor to the U.N.’s World Health Organization, and Food and Agriculture Organization on malaria control, food safety, and pesticide control standards.  His analyses were the basis of two National Academy of Sciences Press books on chemical hazards in food.   His course, Environmental Politics and Law and its 24 lecturers are freely accessible in video and translated into 50 languages on the website Open Yale.  He chairs the Yale College Environmental Studies Major, and has chaired Yale College’s Curriculum Committee. He received his PhD from Yale.  He helped guide faculty searches and curriculum development at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.  



Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
Global Food Challenges
W - 1:00-3:50
Environmental Law and Politics: Research and Advanced Topics Seminar