I am Professor of Economics, Affiliate Professor of Law at Indiana University. I am also Director of the Program on Governance of Natural Resources at the Ostrom Workshop. My areas of research are the economics of contracts and property rights, economic organization, law and economics, and environmental-natural resource economics. I have been a guest lecturer and visiting faculty member at many colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. I have served as John M. Olin Faculty Fellow in Law and Economics at the Yale Law School and as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Toronto. I recently was a Visiting Fellow at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Moncalieri (Torino), Italy.
I have authored numerous publications in professional journals, books and other outlets. I am the co-author (with Douglas W. Allen) of The Nature of the Farm (MIT Press 2003) and a contributing co-editor (with Karen Bradshaw) of Wildfire Policy: Law and Economics Perspectives (Resources for the Future Press, 2012).
I hold memberships in the American Economic Association, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the American Law and Economics Association, and the International Society for New Institutional Economics. I am also an academic affiliate in the Compass Lexecon Economic Consulting practice based in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to my academic career I was a smokejumper with the US Forest Service in McCall, Idaho.