About Me

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

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 areas of expertise 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 research examines the politics of climate and energy 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 work has been supported by the Climate Social Science Network, the American Political Science Association, 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 newly formed Climate Social Science Network.

You can find my CV here.

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