About Abigail

Abigail (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose research focuses on the politics and policies of low-carbon economic development, including multi-level governance strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, environmental justice issues in clean energy development, the politics of expertise in governing low-carbon industries, and urban and industrial planning for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Her dissertation research examined the historical development of the ethanol industries in Brazil and the US leading up to contemporary challenges of governing ethanol as a low-carbon commodity. Her current research focuses on equity issues emerging around low-carbon development and governance initiatives in California. Past research projects include regulation and innovation for safer products and value chains in the chemical industry at the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry. She worked previously as a consultant for the EPA Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center and other Houston-based organizations on environmental justice issues and sustainability reporting. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and environmental science from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City, and is an alumna of the Columbia University Biosphere 2 Center in Arizona.