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My research over the past few years has focused on testing the
assumptions of deliberative democratic theory against their expected
performance for different types of environmental problems. Specifically,
I analyze local, participatory institutions in Australia, Europe, and
the United States with the goal of adjusting democratic theory to better
capture the dynamics of environmental problems.
At present, I am revising for publication chapters on the problems with
using Habermasian deliberation for resolving environmental disputes and
on the role of expert testimony in small-scale democratic institutions
in Britain and the United States.
Introduction to Political Theory, Political Theory and Democratic
Engagement, Environmental Policy, Introduction to American Politics
I was raised in Charleston, South Carolina, where I was spoiled from a
young age with fresh seafood and mild winters. Pursuing my seafood
indulgence to the Pacific Northwest and experiencing its natural beauty,
I became involved with environmental issues. Having followed my wife to
Wisconsin, I worked with juvenile sex offenders in Marathon County
before going on to Massachusetts for graduate school. These days I
divide my time between running, mixed martial arts, and organizing the
Central Wisconsin Chess Club (firstname.lastname@example.org). Whenever
possible, I relax by cooking, walking the dog with my family, reading on
the porch, or watching artsy films.