I teach environmental political theory and human-animal studies. My favorite courses are Environmental Politics and Animal Politics. I am passionate about contributing to these two areas of research. I enjoy mentoring students and have published peer-reviewed articles co-authored with both Drexel graduate and undergraduate students. My work in environmental politics has shaped how
political scientists conceptualize environmental movements’ engagement with state institutions and civil society organizations. In the 20 years since its publication,
Green States and Social Movements has become a classic of the field. I am a member of the editorial advisory board
of Environmental Politics , the field’s flagship journal. My contributions to human-animal studies explore the spatial dimensions of multispecies politics in the United States, with a focus on urban settings . For example, I investigate what constitutes the “good city” in more-than-human terms and ask how conceptions of multispecies justice and democracy can better include nonhuman animals in political decision-making. This work has appeared in Environmental Values , Humanimalia , Journal of Urban Affairs , and Nature and Culture .
A conference paper version of the Environmental Values article was awarded “Best Paper in Environmental Political Theory” by the Western Political Science Association in 2018. In addition to writing about urban multispecies politics, I maintain an ongoing collaboration with Jennifer Britton that examines the contentious politics concerning the future of wild horses and burros in the American West.
In February 2022, I was appointed Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement in the College of Arts and Sciences, a role in which I strive to support the work of my colleagues while improving our quality of life at this institution. Outside of teaching, research, and administration I am a passionate wildlife photographer and an avid cyclist .