I am a sociologist who studies the environment, economics, organizations, and public policy. I currently hold appointments as a Voss Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES) at Brown University and as an assistant professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. I am affiliated with the Sustainability Institute at Ohio State.
At the core, I am interested in how and why people—often organized into firms, non-profit organizations, and governments—try to “solve” pressing social and environmental problems. That means that my research explores economic and environmental regulation; bureaucracy; environmental politics; the social production of scientific knowledge; the political dynamics of market economies; and most fundamentally, processes of institutional and organizational change. I have published on newly developing command-and-commodify modes of environmental regulation; investigated how and why such market-oriented regulation takes hold in some times and places but not in others; explored the ways that related ‘regulatory thickening’ may galvanize conservative political opposition to these market-oriented environmental reforms; helped to synthesize research on the political mobilization of firms and industries; and (somewhat differently!) examined the social-contextual correlates of vaccine exemption.
I am also a former visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany; a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results Fellow; an active alumnus of the Summer Institute on Organizations and their Effectiveness at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford; a teacher; and an avid traveler, cyclist, cook, and outdoors-person.