My work seeks to connect heritage to issues of social, environmental, and economic justice. Please scroll down for publications, grants, and conferences.


“Away From Place: Expanding Intangible Cultural Resource Protections Under U.S. Law,” Forum Journal (Intangible Cultural Heritage Special Issue) (in publication)


The Price of Global Conservation: Benefits and Burdens of Parks and Conservation Areas” Natural Resources & Environment, Vol. 33, No. 2 (2018). 


Local justice: How cities can protect and promote environmental justice in a hostile environment,” Natural Resources & Environment, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Winter 2018). 


Living with Wildlife: Regulating Subsistence Hunting and Fishing in Alaska,” Natural Resources & Environment, Vol. 29, No. 3 (Winter 2015).  


Community Land Trusts: Using Historic Preservation for Affordable Housing in the Florida Keys, Contributions of Historic Preservation to the Quality of Life in Florida, edited by Timothy McLendon et al., chapter prepared for Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Historic Preservation, Gainesville, FL: University of Florida, Chapter 7 (2006). 

Professional Publications


The Human Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment: Compliance Requirements Down the Pipeline,” American Bar Association, International Environmental Law Committee Newsletter  (2018).

Environmental Justice: Legal Theory and Practice, 4th Ed., Environmental Law Institute, Washington, DC. Contributions to text and teacher’s manual (2018).  


International Actions to Create a Marine Reserve in the Ross Sea and Other Enhanced Wildlife Protection Actions,” International Law, The Year in Review 2016, American Bar Association, Washington, DC.


“Water Resources, Eastern States,” Environment, Energy, and Resources Law: The Year in Review 2016, American Bar Association, Washington, DC (2016).

“GAO Evaluation of Wildlife Trafficking Task Force Indicates Need for Stronger Performance Targets,” American Bar Association, International Animal Committee (web article) (2016).


Reclaimed Water: Hope for the Future or Desecration of Hopi Homeland,” American Bar Association, Water Resources Committee Newsletter, Vol. 16 (2014). 


Contributor, Environment, Energy, and Resources Law: The Year in Review 2012, American Bar Association, Washington, DC. (2012).


Contributor, Environment, Energy, and Resources Law: The Year in Review 2011, American Bar Association, Washington, DC. (2011).


Contributor, Environment, Energy, and Resources Law: The Year in Review 2010, American Bar Association, Washington, DC (2010).


Doctoral Research

"From Sovereignty to Superfund: The Onondaga Nation's Legal Battle for Land Rights, Environmental Justice, and the Remediation of Onondaga Lake." Dissertation completed in fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University (2017). 




“Timing, Context, and Law: Legal Thinking Behind Monuments and Memorialization,” Atkinson Forum in American Studies: Place, Memory, and the Public Monument, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (November 10, 2018).


“Lessons in Advocacy: How Addressing Difficult History Is Changing Preservation Practice,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Meeting, Buffalo, NY (October 25, 2018).


Geography Colloquium, University of Kentucky (October 12, 2018).


“The Continuing Battle for Blair Mountain: Using Preservation for Environmental Justice,” at Appalachian Studies Association Annual Meeting (April 8, 2018). 


“Whose Past?: Monuments and Memorials in a Changing Society,” panel in University of Kentucky’s Civics and Citizenship in the 21st Century series (October 4, 2017).


“Preservation as Power: Using Heritage in the Fight for Environmental and Social Justice” Conflict, Violence, and Preservation: Interpreting Difficult History, University of Kentucky (March 31, 2017). 


Conferences Planned and Panels Chaired


Conference Co-Organizer with Cynthia Harris (ELi), “Climate Justice: Municipal, Tribal, and Legal Action” ABA SEER and CRSJ webinar, January 2019. 


Conference Co-Organizer with Cynthia Harris (ELi), “Defending tribal sovereignty: The ongoing battle over “meaningful consultation” and self-governance over natural and cultural resource,” ABA SEER and CRSJ webinar, May 23, 2018. 


Panel Moderator, “Is Florida the Canary in the Coal Mine? Environmental Justice in Front Line Communities,” ABA Midyear Meeting, Miami, FL, February 4 , 2017.


Conference Organizer and Moderator, “Breaking Ground at Standing Rock: The Dakota Access Pipeline and Environmental Justice,” American Bar Association, Section of Civl Rights and Social Justice, Environmental Justice Committee (April 13, 2017). 



Applied For


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty Extramural Small Grants. 

"Enhancing Opportunity Through Adaptive Reuse: Historic Preservation and Affordable Housing in Kentucky," (Co-PI with Dr. Allison Gibson, UK College of Social Work)(under review)


To better understand the potential for positive benefits of utilizing an adaptive reuse strategy and its legal and policy implications, this study will consider accessibility and residents perceived benefits. Utilizing GIS to create opportunity maps from existing secondary sources, this research seeks to demonstrate that the adaptive reuse of historic schools for affordable housing reduces economic burdens on residents by placing them in close proximity to resources. Further, it will address residents’ of schools repurposed for affordable housing actual and perceived benefits from such siting. This will be explored through focus-groups addressing accessibility and quality of life and in illustrating resident knowledge and use surrounding resources though mental mapping. 

Robert Wood Johnson, Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health: “Envisioning a Healthier Community.

"Enhancing Housing Opportunities in Kentucky through Adaptive Reuse” (Co-PI with Dr. Allison Gibson, UK College of Social Work) (unfunded)

The project will look at affordable housing in Kentucky utilizing the adaptive reuse of historic building stock. Specifically, we are looking at the relationship between historic adaptive reuse and health. During the first phase of the project we will be doing opportunity mapping to assess the proximity of services and amenities (e.g. hospitals and clinic, parks, libraries, museums, grocery stores, schools, etc.) to a series of affordable housing projects using the LIHTC and the HTC. During the second phase we will use this mapping along with surveys and informal interviews of residents in these facilities. We’ve been invited by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to submit our mixed methods study on physical health and emotional well-being, and to examine to examine the impact of existing affordable housing and historic preservation policies in Kentucky and at the federal level. We submit our proposal next week, and if funded, we would expect to start data collection in early 2019.


NIST Engineering Laboratory Disaster Resilience, Disaster and Failure Studies Program.

“Developing and Testing a Multi-Agent Model for Improving Community Resilience” (Co-Investigator with Dr. Mariantinieta Gutierrez Soto (PI), Dr. Daniel Smith (Co-I), and Dr. Allison Gibson (Co-I)) (under review)


This project proposes a new field reconnaissance method that aims to: a) advance the understanding of the social and economic barriers that influence the adoption of existing windstorm risk reduction engineering solutions that mitigate damage to residential buildings; b) evaluate appropriateness of surface- and deep-level educational resources for mitigation adoption; and c) validate an adaptable model for reducing community-specific barriers and improve the resilience health of vulnerable communities. It is recommended that 6-months to 1-year after a natural disaster disruption to perform interventions to identify, characterize and quantify socioeconomic factors. The PIs performed the structural damage assessment of residential buildings in Rockport, TX affected by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. This project will return to this community to implement and validate the proposed reducing barriers on-the-ground model.  The outcome of this project will couple the engineering damage assessment with the corresponding socioeconomic and cultural dimensions to quantify the ranges of barriers, and establish community levels of vulnerability; and increase the understanding of the value of windstorm resilient construction features for residential homes that are at high risk of windstorms.


2018 Sustainable Pedagogies, University of Kentucky ($2000).

2015 University of Kentucky Electronic Learning Innovation Initiative (eLII). This is an internal University of Kentucky grant to develop online graduate education in historic preservation. With Gregory Luhan, Allison Carll-White, Doug Appler, Julie Riesenweber, Clyde Carpenter, Travis Rose ($141,000).