I am a socio-legal scholar whose research focuses on cities, property, land use, social policy, and human rights. Using a mix of historical and ethnographic methods, my current work explains how and why reformers have tinkered with property in land as a way to address poverty and unemployment, by reallocating rights to use idle resources. I am finishing a book manuscript that traces and accounts for reformers successes and failures through a study of urban farming and gardening in Chicago since the 1890s. I work at the University of Cincinnati, where I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Law, and am an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Sociology.
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