Department of Political Science
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 (email@example.com). Whenever
possible, I relax by cooking, walking the dog with my family, reading on
the porch, or watching artsy films.