I am an environmental sociologist and Assistant Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. I consider myself to be both a theorist and empirical researcher, one who primarily uses qualitative methods.

My current research examines a range of topics, including how globalized social processes link up environments across the world in ways that drive political, cultural, and legal problems; the continued relevance of W.E.B. Du Bois’s approach to interdisciplinarity and the application of this approach to contemporary environmental inequalities; and how sociological theory and practice can best incorporate both the power and limits of the natural sciences.

I received my PhD in Sociology from the University of Oregon and hold a BA from Fordham University. Before returning to university, I taught English as a second language in Europe, worked in media relations at the ACLU national office in New York, and emphatically maintained the quality of the produce at a local food cooperative in Buffalo, New York.

Popular Work

Click here to see my new article on a “sociological approach to global biodiversity loss” in Mongabay.

Most Recent articles

2019. “Invasive Uncertainties: Environmental Change and the Politics of Limited Science.” Environmental Sociology. (forthcoming).

2019. (with Richard York). “Social Evolution and Environmental Context: Explanative Pluralism and Potentiality.” Sociological Inquiry 89 (2): 317-338.