Max Liboiron is a Ph.D. candidate in media, culture, and communication at New York University; a regional coordinator with the Plastic Pollution Coalition; and a trash artist. Her work on waste and pollution has been published in eTOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies and Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest. Liboiron has presented her work at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University and the New England Workshop on Science and Social Change, and to the American Society for Environmental History and the American Association of Geographers, among other diverse audiences.
Liboiron’s dissertation Redefining Pollution: Plastics in the Wild uses plastics pollution to investigate how scientific and technological techniques used to describe an environmental phenomenon influence the definition of pollution and dictate forms of pollution control. Her research at the Chemical Heritage Foundation will focus on how the American Chemistry Council and DuPont Chemicals, two of the largest industry stakeholders in plastics, have historically defined pollution and harm within their own institutions.