Environmental Politics & Policy


I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Participating Faculty in Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies at the University of Oregon.

My research focuses on global and multilevel environmental governance, particularly how the interaction among different types of actors at the global, national, and subnational levels determines policy responses to environmental challenges like climate change and sustainable development, both domestically and internationally. I am particularly interested in local experiments and how these scale up to the national and international levels. I study this by looking at innovative experiments in sustainable development, environmental law (e.g., Earth Law and rights of nature), collaborative governance of natural resources, and financing forest and watershed conservation. I use these cases to understand the formation and evolution of new global governance regimes and the reasons global norms change.

Sustainable Development and Climate Change

A scholar-practitioner, my research and teaching is informed by more than a decade’s experience working for NGOs and government before joining academia, as well as extensive experience working internationally in Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Israel, Cyprus, and New Zealand. Currently, I am a member of the United Nations Knowledge Network on Harmony with Nature and a Participating Member in the UN General Assembly’s Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature, tasked with providing recommendations on implementing the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

I am the author of Grassroots Global Governance: Local Watershed Management Experiments and the Evolution of Sustainable Development (Oxford University Press) as well as articles in Global Environmental Politics, World Development, Latin American Research Review, Environmental Research Notes, Agricultural Water ManagementPeace ReviewEncyclopedia of Political Theory and elsewhereMy research is funded through fellowships and grants from the Inter-American Foundation, the Rotary Foundation, Sony Electronics, the Oregon Humanities Center, and the University of Oregon.

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