Curriculum Vitae

At Williams since 2002


B.A., Smith College
M.P.A., Columbia University
Ph.D., City University of New York

Research Interests

Environmental Policy; Urban Politics and Planning; Land Use Planning; Agricultural Planning and Policy; Renewable Energy; Alternative Transportation; Urban Redevelopment; State and local politics; Experiential Education

Theses Advised

Rooney Charest, 2010-11, “Keeping it Local: Farm Viability in Berkshire and Bennington Counties”

[Rachel Savain, 2009-10, “Measuring the Success of Community-Based Initiatives for creating Green Jobs: A Case Study of Sustainable South Bronx’s Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training (BEST) Academy”]

Avalon L. Gulley, 2008-09, “Exploring the Interrelationships between Farmers and their Watershed: A Case Study on Human Ecology”

Nora A. Morse, 2007-08, “The Lion and the Lamb: The Struggle between Conservation and Pastoralism in Tanzania”

Andrew Stevenson, 2006-07, “Elites, Regimes, and Growth Machines: The Politics of Parks Development in Chicago and London”

Amelia Grace Bishop, 2005-06, “Biogas Development in the U.S.: Current Trends and Future Opportunities”

Jason Todd Davis, 2004-05, “Green New York: Examining the Vanguard of Green Development in New York City”

Public Service

Agricultural Commission, Williamstown, Alternate (April 2012-April 2015)

Keep Farming, Williamstown Representative (July 2011-present)

Conservation Commission, Williamstown, MA (July 2008-present)

Massachusetts Environmental Trust Board Member (2008-2009)

Berkshire Navigation, Committee Member (2009-2010)

Williamstown Democratic Committee (2001-present)

(State convention delegate: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)

Planning Board, Town of Williamstown, MA (2001-2006)   (Chair 2003-2004)

Delegate, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Pittsfield, MA (2001-2006)

Williamstown Rep., Berkshire Reg’l Planning Comm., Regional Issues Committee  (2004-present)

Master Plan Committee, Town of Williamstown, MA (2000-2003)

Member, Berkshire Renewable Energy Collaborative (2002-present)

Community Preservation Act Committee, Town of Williamstown, MA (2002-2006)

Corporator, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Pittsfield, MA (2003-present)

Board member, Berkshire Bike Path Council, Pittsfield, MA (2004-present)

Board member, Hoosic River Watershed Association, (2004-present)


“The Impact of Sprawl on the Environment and Human Health,” in Urban Sprawl:

A Comprehensive Reference, David C. Soule, ed., Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006.

Review of Urban Sprawl: Causes, Consequences and Policy Responses, Gregory D. Squires, ed. (Urban Institute Press, 2002). Journal of Regional Science, May 2004.

Review of The Essential Agrarian Reader, Norman Wirzba, ed., University of Kentucky Press, 2003. Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, Spring 2005.

Prepublication review of The Environmental Planning Handbook for Sustainable Communities and Regions, Tom Daniels and Katherine Daniels. (Planners Press, American Planning Association, 2003). For Planners Press, August 2003.

“Environmental Devolution and Governing Capacity: Brownfield Implementation in Four Distressed Cities,” in Land in Transition: Use, Disuse and Reuse, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2003.

Review of Eden by Design: The 1930 Olmstead-Bartholomew Regional Plan for Los Angeles (University of California Press, 2000), Journal of Regional Science, May, 2002.

Garden State Brownfield Update,” State Planning Notes, Trenton, New Jersey, v. 8, n. 1, winter, 2000.

“Brownfields White Paper,” State Planning Memo, Office of State Planning, Trenton, New Jersey, 2000.

The New Politics of Urban Education: A Report to the Ford Foundation.  With Marilyn Gittell, Laura McKenna and Dan Cook.  New York: Howard Samuels State Management and Policy Center, 2000.

“The Brownfield and Contaminated Site Remediation Act: A Policy Update,” New Jersey Planners’ Journal, v. 5, n. 1, summer, 1999.

Brownfield Remediation and Redevelopment Resource Guide, with Mark Pedersen, Office of State Planning, Trenton, New Jersey, 1999.

Empowerment Zone Implementation: Community Participation and Community Capacity: A Report to the MacArthur Foundation. With Marilyn Gittell and Kathe Newman.  New York: Howard Samuels State Management and Policy Center, 1998.

The Capacity of Grassroots Groups in the Environmental Movement: A Report to the Aspen Institution.  With Marilyn Gittell.  New York: Howard Samuels State Management and Policy Center, 1997.

“Major Themes in the Study of Grassroots Environmentalism in Developing Countries,” Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. 12, No. 2, fall, 1995.