I am a sociologist and legal scholar whose work focuses on property, cities, social policy, and human rights. More specifically, I use historical and ethnographic methods to understand how and why reformers have sought to use property to address poverty and unemployment, by reallocating rights to use idle resources. I am working on a book manuscript that examines these questions through a study of urban farming and gardening in Chicago since the 1890s. I received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, hold a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and am currently a visiting scholar at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago. Beginning in August of 2020, I will be an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of Cincinnati.

Here you can learn about the book I’m working on, my articles and working papers, and my research and teaching. The site also has some old blog posts, a summary of my legal and policy work, and some ways to get in touch.

You can also download my CV here.