I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of California Santa Cruz where I conduct research and teach on issues related to global environmental governance, climate change, and urban sustainability. I received my PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto in 2015, was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa and am affiliated with the Earth System Governance network, the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Innovations in Climate Governance Early Career Investigators Network.
My research focuses on problems of coordination and explores the opportunities and limitations of non-traditional modes of networked governance that operate outside of, beyond, or in parallel with, the state. I focus analytically on the politics and power relations that operate within such initiatives, and contribute to better understanding how these internal dynamics influence the manner in which novel agents of governance define, organize, and conduct themselves.
I’m currently at work on a book manuscript, under contract with Cambridge University Press, on the politics and power dynamics of transnational urban climate governance, and have published in Global Environmental Politics, Environment and Planning C, and the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (where my contribution was selected as the best article of 2013). I’ve interned at UNDP, and am currently contributing to research initiatives on Pathways to Decarbonization and Accountability in Global Environmental Governance.
Prior to returning to academia, I co-founded and managed ViewSource Media Inc., a branding and media company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.