Prior to returning to academia, I spent six years as an attorney in Washington, D.C. specializing in water pollution law. Not surprisingly, my experience as a water lawyer has spilled over into my academic life, saturating my interests as an historian. In my work, I am interested in conducting research towards writing an “ecological history” of U.S. regulation, following William Cronon’s advice to extend historical inquiry beyond human institutions such as law, economics, and culture, to the natural ecosystems that embed and interact with these institutions.
This is your Dolphin Calling: Winter v. NRDC (2008) and False Choices Between Wildlife and Technology in the Seas, ExpressO (2009)
This essay is an historical and ethical exploration of a recent decision by the U.S....
Clean Water Act Jurisdiction
Last Lake Standing: Clean Water Act Jurisdiction in the Alaskan Frontier after Rapanos v. United States, Environmental Law Reporter (2008)
Cultural History of American Technology
Garbage Can Music!: Rube Goldberg’s Three Careers, Columbia Journal of American Studies (2006)
Transjurisdictional Environmental Law
Parting the Waters: A Mestizo Perspective on the Mexico/U.S. Border, Virginia Eagle (2002)
Pleasure Grounds and Iron Fences: Local and Federal Battles for Open Space in the Presidio of San Francisco, Journal of Law and Politics (2001)
A Pledge of Double Allegiance: Prospectus for a New Inquiry of Dual Citizenship in the United States, ExpressO (2009)
This essay analyzes the dual citizenship output of scholars from differing schools of thought, from...