I am an assistant professor of public affairs and sociology (by courtesy) at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. At the core, I am interested in how and why people try to “solve” pressing social and environmental problems, unavoidably muddling their way through history and politics and complex organizations along the way. That means that my research explores economic and environmental regulation; bureaucracy; environmental politics; 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.
In addition to my primary appointments, I am also a core faculty member of 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 (the EPA STAR program was, very unfortuntaely, shuttered in 2015). 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. A little more basically, I am also a teacher, an avid traveler, a cyclist, a cook, and an outdoors-person.