I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley where I study environmental politics. My research interests span social and political theory, cultural sociology, science and technology studies, environmental sociology, political sociology/economy/ecology, economic sociology, and law and society. My research has been published or is forthcoming in Theory and Society, Theory Culture and Society, Science as Culture, Citizenship Studies, Ethics Policy and Environment, The Berkeley Journal of Sociology, and The New Handbook of Political Sociology (Cambridge University Press). I am currently a Synar Graduate Research Fellow at the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies.
My research on the politics of endangerment and extinction has informed an interest in bringing environmental law into empirical legal studies. To this end, I was a 2017-18 Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law & Society. The research on the science-law interface supported by this fellowship (currently under review) received the 2019 Pacific Sociological Association Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award and the 2019 American Sociological Association Environmental Sociology Section’s Marvin E. Olsen Student Paper Award.
My background in political theory and ongoing collaborations with philosophers ground an enduring interest in foundational concepts, and in particular “freedom” and “nature,” which are typically avoided in the discipline of sociology, yet frequently looming in the background of sociological analysis and social theorizing nonetheless.
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