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 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. Beginning this August, 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.