2007 - 7/2011 (expected)

Doctoral Candidate: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) & University of Kassel, Germany.

  • Dissertation topic: A comparative political economic analysis of support for first generation biofuels programs in Brazil, the EU, and USA in the wake of the “food versus fuel“ controversy. Supervisor: Profs. Christoph Scherrer & Christoph Görg.


2004 - 2006

Master of Arts (Magna cum laude) in Global Political Economy. University of Kassel, Germany. Specializations:

  • Trade and the environment

  • Global environmental governance



Paralegal certification in New York State. University at Buffalo, New York, USA


1999 - 2003

Bachelor’s degree (Cum laude) University at Buffalo, New York, USA. Majors:

  • Legal Studies (environmental law)

  • Political Science (European politics)

  • History (conflict studies)



Research Interests


  • Political economy of renewable energy

  • Trade and the environment

  • Science policy interface



Grants & Awards


2007 - 2010

Doctoral funding through the Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Graduate School for Environmental Research (HIGRADE), including support for a five month research stay at the State University of Campinas in Brazil to study biofuels governance (46,500€).


Field research grant to India for master’s thesis work from the Nexus Institute Berlin and German Ministry for Education and Research project: “Sustainable Hyderabad: Megacity of Tomorrow.”


Awarded membership in the Phi Alpha Theta and the Phi Beta KappaU.S. honor societies for excellence in the social sciences.