Researchers and Staff
Policy Analyst & Policy Program Manager
Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute
600 Suffolk Street
Wannalancit Mills, 5th Floor
Lowell, MA 01854
Bachelor of Arts Latin American Studies, University
of Chicago, 1994
Master of Science Environmental Change and Management,
Oxford University, 1997
Master of Public Affairs Woodrow Wilson School of
Public and International Affairs, Princeton University,
Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts
University, Medford, MA. Research Associate, Economics
for Health and the Environment. Provide research and
writing support to environmental organizations working
for health and environmental protection.
2001-Present. Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary
Studies, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Research
Fellow. Analyze and produce written responses to U.S.
government documents on health and environmental implications
of the "war on drugs" in Colombia; work
with partner groups to add scientific voice to public
debate on US policy in Colombia; give lectures and
radio interviews on environment and health policy
2001-2002. Clean Water Action; Lowell Center for
Sustainable Production. Consultant (research, writing,
and editing). Produced educational materials on environment
and human health; developed strategies and research
plans for multi-year Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow
project; helped to edit book on science and the precautionary
2000-2001. Environmental Research Foundation, Annapolis,
MD. Writer. Researched and wrote articles on environment
and health topics for biweekly publication, Rachel's
Environment and Health News. Research topics
included hazards of agricultural genetic engineering;
US-sponsored crop eradication programs in Colombia;
US regulation of arsenic in drinking water; links
between cancer and pesticide exposures.
2000. Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group
(MASSPIRG), Boston, MA. Graduate Fellow, Toxics program.
Responsibilities included coalition building and strategy
planning for implementation of new citizen right-to-know
provisions in Massachusetts law; facilitating citizen
access to pesticide information; and representing
environmental concerns to state agencies.
1999. Pesticide Action Network, North America Regional
Center, San Francisco, CA
Graduate Fellow. Developed newsletter for medical
professionals on health effects of pesticides; wrote
research articles on pesticide problems and genetically
engineered crops in Latin America; served as liaison
with activists in Colombia, Peru, and Mexico; provided
editing and translation assistance.
1994–96. Center for Latin American Studies,
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Associate Director.
Solicited and managed major grants for general operations
and country-specific projects; supervised staff of
4 to 7; managed budget; advised students; oversaw
graduate research fellowships; allocated research
and travel grants; directed scholarly exchange program
with Cuba; organized conferences and lecture series.
"Prospering with Precaution: Employment, Economics,
and the Precautionary Principle," with Frank
Ackerman, 2002. GDAE report produced with Alliance
for a Healthy Tomorrow. Available at http://www.healthytomorrow.org/pdf/prosper.pdf.
Comments submitted to US Congress regarding conditions
established in Title II of the Foreign Operations,
Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriation
Act 2002, with Jim Oldham, 2002. Available at http://amazonalliance.org/scientific/maold.pdf.
"Health and Environmental Effects of Herbicide
Spray Campaigns in Colombia," Institute for Science
and Interdisciplinary Studies Occasional Paper (March
18, 2002), with Jim Oldham, 2002
"Collateral Damage: Environmental and Human
Health Effects of the Drug War in Colombia" After
the Fact (Winter 2002), with Jim Oldham.
"The 'Drug War' in Colombia: Echoes of Vietnam,"
Journal of Public Health Policy Vol. 22
"Biotech: The Basics," (four-part series
on genetic engineering in agriculture), Rachel's
Environment and Health News and TomPaine.com,
"Arsenic from your Tap," Rachel's Environment
and Health News and TomPaine.com, 2001.
"Children in Harm's Way," "Echoes
of Vietnam," "Global Warming Opportunity,"
articles published in Rachel's Environment and
Health News, October-December. 2000
‘International Organizations and the Environment,’
edited essay series in Pamela Chasek, ed., The
United Nations and the Global Environment in the 21st
Century: From Common Challenges to Shared Responsibilities
(New York: United Nations University Press), 2000.
Coedited with Michael Doyle.
Pesticide Research Updates (edited quarterly
‘Refining the Race-to-the-Bottom Debate,’
Journal of Public and International Affairs
Vol. 10. 1999
"Genetically Engineered Corn in Mexico: Cross-Border
Threats, Cross-Border Responses"; "Expanding
the Biotech Frontier: Seminis Vegetable Seeds";
"Casualties of the War on Drugs," with Elsa
Nivia; "Constructing Alternatives: Costa Rican
Workers and the Global Banana Trade," research
articles published in The Global Pesticide Campaigner
‘Impediments to Collective Action in a Small
Community,’ Politics and Society Vol.
22, No. 3. 1994
SELECTED FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Project Censored Award for Top Underreported Stories,
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship,
Balliol College Conservation Fund Award for field
research in Costa Rica, 1997
University of Chicago Howell Murray Alumni Association
Award for community organization and Millard Pierce
Binyon Memorial Prize for distinction in the humanities,
University of Chicago full tuition merit scholarship,
National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholars
research grant, 1993.
French (fluent), Spanish (fluent), German (competent);
Portuguese (basic), Russian (basic).