Welcome to my website! I am an assistant professor of environmental politics at the University of Virginia. Previously, I forged my own path in graduate school at Stanford University (2013-18) by simultaneously completing a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, with a concentration in atmosphere and energy. Before Stanford, I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi from Swarthmore College (2012) with concentrations in political science and environmental studies.
My research explores how incentives shape environmental politics, especially in developing countries. My specialties are in the politics of air pollution and the social impacts of climate change. I seek to integrate relevant techniques from political science, engineering, earth systems, computer science, and other disciplines to illuminate the problems of energy and the environment.
I am writing a book based on my dissertation on political regulation cycles. The article-length version of two dissertation chapters has won two best paper awards from the American Political Science Association (2017 Paul A. Sabatier Award) and the Southern Political Science Association (2018 Malcolm Jewell Award), respectively. My research has been very generously funded by a number of organizations, including the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy and the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association.
This academic year, I am teaching three classes reflecting my research interests: “Politics of Air Pollution,” “Environmental Politics in China,” and “Approaches to Environmental Politics.”