I received my PhD in comparative public policy from Queen’s University in Kingston in 1996 and my MA in political science was also from Queen’s.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a postdoctoral fellow with the eco-research chair at the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University (1995-1997), and an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor (1997-2000).
In 2004, I was on leave from Laurier to take up a post as visiting associate professor in the School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan. In 2005, I was Visiting Fulbright Chair in Canadian Studies at Duke University.
My research and publications have focused on transboundary environmental governance in North America (at bilateral Canada-U.S. and U.S.-Mexico; continental; and subnational levels). In particular, I have been interested in the operation of “transgovernmental” networks in the continental context.
I have worked on climate change and air quality issues and, more recently, on aquatic invasive species as a cross-border environmental challenge.
Much of my recent work has been done in association with the Great Lakes Policy Research Network (GLPRN), where I am a Research Partner. The GLPRN is a Canada-U.S. collaborative venture, aimed at developing new policy research infrastructure and tools for studying environmental governance and policy in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin. With colleagues, I have been working on a project which is designing governance indicators for the Great Lakes. We have produced a special issue of International Journal of Water Governance which is devoted to applying a set of governance indicators for measuring Adaptive Transboundary Governance Capacity in the Great Lakes.