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 will also hold a courtesy appointment in sociology at OSU and am affiliated with the Sustainability Institute at Ohio State.
At the core, my research focuses on how and why people—often organized in 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 in leading journals on newly developing command-and-commodify modes of environmental regulation; the ways that environmental protection seems to be ‘thickening’ even as it is liberalized and marketized; the political mobilization of firms and industries; and 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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results Fellow; a teacher; and an avid traveler, cyclist, cook, and outdoors-person.