I study an array of ecological issues intersecting with politics, philosophy, and spirituality/religion. I am formally a PhD student in political science at UCLA, although I am foremost an autodidact and student of life, and currently a student at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin where I work with a variety of academics lending fresh perspectives on my work.
Current Projects include:
- Environmental Sustainability and Intergenerational Justice
I claim that threshold approaches to intergenerational justice which set minimums of what is required to meet the demands of fulfilling intergenerational justice are conceptually incoherent given future uncertainties.
- Terra Nullius and the Backlash against Private Foreign Conservation Investment
The colonial (largely English and Dutch) concept of terra nullius allowing ownership of land that has been undomesticated according to certain European precepts including agriculture and permanent dwellings, regardless of the actual presence of people on that land, persists in current cultural biases against private ownership of wild lands. I explore how this plays out in South America, principally in three cases, one each in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.
My doctoral Dissertation is on listening to nature, reintroducing listening as a political virtue. Using Habermas’ theory of communicative action along with an array of other philosophical and traditional approaches to communicating with nature, in order to find a way of incorporating the voice of nonhuman agents into human political decision-making processes.