Bio: I teach courses on energy and sustainability in the Environmental Studies Department at San Jose State University, one of oldest environmental studies programs in the USA (founded on the first Earth Day 1970). My research focuses on the social and environmental dimensions of food and energy systems where I research questions at the intersection of innovation policy, emerging technologies and environmental justice. Most recently my work has focused on energy commodity chains and production networks. My research on solar energy commodity chains entitled Solar Power, Innovation, Sustainability, Environmental Justice is under contract with the University of California Press. The interdisciplinary research communities I associate with use both qualitative and quantitative research methods and include those working in political ecology, science & technology studies, and environmental studies, as well as scholars and practitioners of life cycle assessment and avoided costs analysis/utility rate design. I am a member of the American Association of Geographers, the Society for the Social Studies of Science, and the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. In a prior career, I worked for a bioremediation startup as a project engineer at MTBE spill sites, and before that I was a chemical process engineer for a Fortune 500 chemical manufacturer. I've done energy, LCA, and sustainability consulting work for the Sierra Club, EarthJustice, the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, the Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Defense Fund, Earthworks, the Green Electronics Council, Ocean Conservancy, and numerous energy companies and public agencies with the team from EcoShift.
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NSF STS Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, UC Berkeley