About Me

I am a PhD Candidate in the Sociology Department at Northwestern University, where I am also affiliated with the Legal Studies Program and the Institute for Policy Research.

My research interests include political sociology, environmental sociology, economic sociology, public policy (especially energy and climate policy), U.S. state politics, social movements and interest groups, and the legislative process.

My current project 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 administrators, social movements, and a range of other public and private interest groups shape the content of the policies that emerge from state capitals.

My research and teaching are interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on sociology, political science, public policy, and to a lesser extent economics and history. I am active in a number of professional associations including the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association, the Social Science History Association, and the Scholars Strategy Network.

You can find my CV here.

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