I am a sociologist who studies the environment, economics, organizations, and public policy. At the core, I am interested in how and why people—usually working in groups and organizations—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 ‘regulatory thickening’ may galvanize conservative political opposition to 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 a member of the faculty at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University; I am also affiliated with the Sustainability Institute at Ohio State. I was formerly a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany and also a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results Fellow. I am still an active alumnus of the Summer Institute on Organizations and their Effectiveness at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and, more importantly, I am also a teacher, an avid traveler, a cyclist, a cook, and an outdoors-person.