Rebecca Altman is a writer and sociologist. Her work explores the social history of chemistry, plastics, pollution and environmental legacy— what we pass from one generation to the next. Recent essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Aeon Magazine, Topic, and Terrain. Presently, she is guest-editing a 4-part series on plastics for Orion Magazine and serves on the Board of Directors of the Science and Environmental Health Network, a national think-tank. Altman is a mother of two and holds a PhD in environmental sociology from Brown University. She is also working on her first book, The Song of Styrene: An Intimate History of Plastics.