About Me

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Beginning in Fall 2022, I will be the Flowerree Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Environmental Studies at Tulane University.

I received my PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University, where I was also affiliated with the Legal Studies Program and the Institute for Policy Research.

My current research examines the politics of energy and climate policymaking at the state level, which, in the U.S. context, is where the action has been. I look at the ways in which state legislators, executive branch rulemakers, and a range of public and private interest groups shape the design of the policies that emerge from state capitals.

My research has been published in peer-reviewed outlets such as Climatic Change, Mobilization: An International Quarterly, and Research in Political Sociology, among others.

My work has been supported by the American Political Science Association, the Climate Social Science Network, and the Dispute Resolution Research Center, among others.

My research and teaching are interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on sociology, political science, public policy, economics and history. I am active in a number of professional associations and working groups, including the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association, the Social Science History Association, and the Scholars Strategy Network. I co-chair the State Politics Working Group of the Climate Social Science Network.

You can find my CV here.

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