I am an associate professor of Political Science and, by courtesy, Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies at Binghamton University (SUNY). Additionally, I am an affiliated faculty member of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. My primary area of research investigates environmental policy from a political-economic and institutional analysis perspective.
Current research projects include developing a property-rights framework for the study of unconventional oil and gas production, an investigation into the public goods (or public bads) nature of global environmental threats, and the political-economy of urban sustainability. My work has appeared in Science, Ecological Economics, Energy Policy, and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, among others.
Prior to joining the faculty at Binghamton University I received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University-Bloomington and an M.A in Political Economy and Public Policy from Washington University in St. Louis.
My biggest academic influences are Elinor Ostrom, Douglass C. North, and all the other political-economists who have pushed our understanding of how institutions interact with the natural and social worlds to produce surplus or collapse.