Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Cal-Santa Cruz, 2007
Master of Science, Environmental Policy Studies, New Jersey Institute of Technology,
New Jersey, United States, 2001
Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New
Jersey, United States, 1998
My current research brings together the tools of life cycle analysis with multi-sited
ethnography of global commodity chains to understand the intersection of innovation
and environmental justice in the clean tech space. New financial and performance metrics
are being deployed to assess the implications of emerging renewable energy technologies.
This research unpacks and contextualizes those metrics in the context of their social
and environmental dimensions.
My overall work focuses on the social and environmental dimensions of energy and food
systems. Before my appointment in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at
UC Berkeley, I received my Ph.D. at UC Santa Cruz in the Department of Environmental
Studies. My areas of specialization include political ecology, science & technology
studies,and life cycle analysis. I am a member of the American Association of Geographers,
the Society for the Social Studies of Science, and the Association of Environmental
Studies and Sciences. I also participate in a group of academics known as alternative
agrifood researchers without borders. Before graduate school I worked for a bioremediation
startup as a project engineer on MTBE spills, and before that I was a chemical process
engineer for a Fortune 500 chemical manufacturer.