I am an Associate Professor of Environmental Policy in the
Department of Environmental Studies
and the graduate program in Geography.
My teaching and research interests focus on the dynamic tensions of environmental science and democratic politics in a variety of arenas including community-based environmental protection, environmental justice, and international conservation projects. I hold an appointment with the faculty of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment where I annually teach environmental policy, environmental regulation, environmental impact assessment, and environmental policy analysis. Service-learning is one of my central teaching philosophies and the core of my Rainforest Immersion and Conservation Action (R.I.C.A.) study abroad program in Costa Rica.
"Is Seattle creating ghettos of poverty and pollution?"
My most recent publication addresses a Seattle case study which considers the sociohistorical intersection of environmental injustice and gentrification. We have explored the advantages of integrating air toxic risk screening with gentrification research to enhance proximity and health equity analysis methodologies.
Research in the News
[read the Seattle PI article]