I study the environment and sustainability. In particular, my work analyzes the history of ‘how we got here’ with a particular problem in addition to proposing solutions. I firmly believe that we (society or researchers) cannot limit ourselves to a single approach to environmental problem-solving. Regulations, educational & behavioral initiatives, and market-based solutions all have an important role in effective governance. We also have to be careful to understand the different attitudes and cultures surrounding the environment and sustainability before we act.
My main project right now focuses on the history and future of waste management in New Jersey (Garbage in the Garden State). This project is supported by the National Science Foundation's Science, Technology & Society Program. I also have ongoing collaborative work looking at different aspects of environmental policy and governance in the US and around the world (EPG). I am also co-director of the "Cultivating the Environmental Humanities" project, made possible through the support of the Humanities Connections program at the National Endowment for the Humanities.
I am currently Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Environmental & Sustainability Studies in the Dept. of Geography, Planning & Sustainability at Rowan University. I am also Co-Director and Affiliate Professor in the Rowan Center for Responsible Leadership in the Rohrer College of Business. I am proud to supervise (with colleagues in the College of Business) a joint degree program offering students the opportunity to complete a BA in Environmental & Sustainability Studies alongside a Masters’ in Business Administration, because businesses are perhaps the most powerful tools we have to bring about sustainability goals.
Since January 2018, I have served as Commissioner on the New Jersey Pinelands Commission. In July 2019 I was named Chair’s Designee to Pinelands Development Credit Bank, an institution facilitating the market-based transfer of development rights in the Pinelands in order to permanently protect sensitive ecosystems and landscapes.
You can explore more information about previous projects, courses I teach, and an abbreviated curriculum vitae (CV) in the links below.