Catherine Rothacker is a Master of Environmental Management candidate interested in links among agricultural supply chains, land use change, sustainable development, and ecosystem conservation. Following her first year at FES, she worked as a Markets & Biodiversity Intern at EcoAgriculture Partners, where she advanced private sector engagement with sustainable landscape governance. Prior to Yale, Catherine worked for the Meridian Institute in Washington, DC, where she helped facilitate multi-stakeholder collaborative problem-solving projects related to tropical forests and sustainable supply chains and domestic agricultural conservation policy. Catherine previously served as a Land & Water Ecosystems Intern at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and a Conservation Incentives and Markets Intern at the World Resources Institute. She graduated magna cum laude in Geology and Environmental Studies from Amherst College.
Valerie Pinkerton is a Master of Environmental Management candidate who is specializing in environmental policy analysis. She previously worked at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC on issues of natural resource governance in developing country contexts. She received her B.A. in environmental biology, economics, and political science from Columbia University.
Matto Mildenberger is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California Santa Barbara. His research explores the political drivers of policy inaction in the face of serious social and economic threats posed by global climate change. Straddling comparative political economy and political behavior, Mildenberger's work focusses on comparative climate policymaking and the dynamics of US climate opinion. His current book project compares the politics of carbon pricing across advanced economies, with a focus on the history of climate reforms in Australia, Norway and the United States. Other ongoing work explores public environmental behaviors, political ideology, and the relationship between economic and environmental policy preferences. A previous book, Dependent America? How Mexico and Canada Construct US Power (Toronto 2011, with Stephen Clarkson), explored the political economy of North American trade and security relationships. Matto received his PhD from Yale University in December 2015, working under Prof. Cashore.
Stefan Renckens is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department of the University of Toronto. He teaches courses on public policy, political economy and the environment at the St. George and Scarborough campuses. He is also an Affiliated Faculty member of the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. His current research examines the evolution and impact of transnational private sustainability governance and the interactions with public governance at the international, regional and domestic level. Current issue areas of interest include renewable energy, climate change, fisheries, forestry, electronic waste, agriculture, and fair trade. In his first book project, Stefan examines and explains the varied ways in which the European Union has regulated transnational private governance, and the implications for the functioning and impact of public and private environmental governance. Stefan holds a Ph.D. (2014) and M.Phil. (2011) in Environmental Politics from Yale University, and Master’s degrees in Political Science (2002), Economic Policy (2003), and Conflict and Peace Studies (2005) from the University of Leuven. His Ph.D. dissertation was awarded the 2015 Virginia M. Walsh Dissertation Award by the Science, Technology and Environmental Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. For more information, see www.stefanrenckens.com.