Bio: I teach in the Environmental Studies Department at San Jose State University, one of the first six interdisciplinary environmental studies programs in the USA, founded as a result of the first Earth Day 1970. My research focuses on the social and environmental dimensions of food and energy systems where I research questions about innovation, emerging technologies and environmental change. My research on solar energy commodity chains is synthesized in my new book entitled Solar Power, Innovation, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice with the University of California Press.
The interdisciplinary research and policy communities I work with include scholars and practitioners of political ecology, science & technology studies, environmental studies, life cycle assessment, GIS, utility rate design, and energy transitions studies. I am a member of the American Association of Geographers and the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Before my Ph.D. training, I worked for a bioremediation startup as a project engineer at MTBE (a gasoline additive) spill sites, and before as a chemical process engineer for a Fortune 500 chemical manufacturer in Linden, NJ and Willow Island, West Virginia. I've collaborated on projects with the Sierra Club, EarthJustice, the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, the Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Defense Fund, Earthworks, the Green Electronics Council, Ocean Conservancy, Grand Canyon Trust, and the Nature Conservancy, and energy companies, and public agencies.
From 2016 to 2017, I was a Visiting Scholar at the Bill Lane Center for American West at Stanford University during a sabbatical, beginning new projects on federal lands management, energy development, and natural resource conservation.
TRAINING & EDUCATION
NSF STS Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, UC Berkeley
Letter to prospective M.S. students
Energy & the Environment Syllabus
Solar Energy Analysis Syllabus