- Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Social Ecology, 2008
- M.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Political Science, 1999
- B.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, English, 1997
I am an American environmental historian. My work examines how interactions between humans and the environment have changed the landscape of challenges to the security of nations and people since the end of World War II with a particular interest in the origins and implications of the rise of a network of global food systems. My first book, Food Security, explored how understandings of world food problems changed during the late twentieth century. I am co-editor of two books that examine challenges to human security: Global Environmental Change and Human Security and Landmines and Human Security: International Politics and War’s Hidden Legacy). I am currently at work on an environmental history of the American food system from 1945 to 1995. My articles and reviews have appeared in many journals including Environment, The Environmental Change and Security Project Report, Global Environmental Politics, and The Natural Resources Journal. I am a Fellow of Penn State’s International Center for the Study of Terrorism and a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs at the University of California, Irvine.
Co-author with George E. Shambaugh, Richard A. Matthew, Roxane Cohen Silver, Michael Poulin and Scott Blum. “Public Perceptions of Traumatic Events and Policy Preferences during the George W. Bush Administration: A Portrait of America in Turbulent Times.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 33, no. 1 (2010): 55–91.
Co-editor with Richard A. Matthew, Jon Barnett, and Karen L. O'Brien. Global Environmental Change and Human Security. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2009.
“Global Health and Human Security: Addressing Impacts from Globalization and Environmental Change.” In Global Environmental Change and Human Security, edited by Richard Matthew, Jon Barnett, Bryan L. McDonald and Karen O’Brien. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2009.
Co-author with Richard A. Matthew. “Environmental Security: Academic and Policy Debates in North America.” In Facing Global Environmental Change: Environmental, Human, Energy, Food, Health and Water Security Concepts, edited by Hans Gunter Brauch, et al., 791-802. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2009.
Contributing author. From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The Role of Natural Resources and the Environment. Nairobi: United Nations Environment Programme, 2009.
Co-author with Richard A. Matthew and Heather D. Goldsworthy. “Environmental Ethics.” In The Ethics of Global Governance, edited by Antonio Franceschet, 141-158. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2009.
Co-author with Richard A. Matthew. “Cities Under Siege: Urban Planning and the Threat of Infectious Disease.” Journal of the American Planning Association 72, no. 1 (2006): 109-117. Reprinted in Eugenie Birch, ed. The Urban and Regional Planning Reader. New York: Routledge, 2008.
Co-editor with Richard A. Matthew and Kenneth R. Rutherford. Landmines and Human Security: International Politics and War's Hidden Legacy. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2004; paperback, 2006.