Stephanie Thomas

Houston Area Researcher and Community Organizer


Stephanie Thomas, Ph.D., is a researcher and a community organizer with Public Citizen, based out of Houston, Texas, where she works on air quality, chemical safety, and the climate crisis.

Stephanie has a background in earth science with a research focus on past changes in the environment and climate. Directly prior to working at Public Citizen, Stephanie worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her experiences working with cancer patients, have fueled her advocacy to clean up cancer-causing pollution in Houston. Stephanie has published op-eds in the Houston Chronicle about chemical disasters and the need for community alert systems, as well as op-eds on the benefits of zero emission electric vehicles.

Stephanie graduated from Tulane University before earning her M.S. in geosciences from the University of Lincoln-Nebraska then going on to earn her Ph.D. in earth sciences from Southern Methodist University.

Media Appearances:

Stephanie has been cited in many media outlets, including the Houston Chronicle, The Hill, Express UK, Bloomberg Online News, San Antonio Express News, KERA, EcoWatch, Common Dreams, Houston Press, HuffPost, Truthout, Grist, and Democracy Now! Stephanie has also interviewed on KXAN TV, KPRC Austin TV, and CW39 Houston TV, as well as WPFW DC and KPFT Houston radio.