Brent is a Boston-based policy professional and researcher, trained in intellectual history at Harvard and environmental science and policy at the Central European University. Areas of research include the following:
Interests include: the social/ethical underpinnings of the authority and credibility of scientific communities; the persistence of scientific norms over centuries; the religious roots of scientific culture in the seventeenth century; the climate science culture wars; the ethics of science communication.
Interests include: Henry David Thoreau on civic virtue, Thoreau’s interest in and emulation of Native American virtues, reconstructing Thoreau’s walking gait.
Blue sky policy proposals (alone and in collaboration with others):
- to expand the reach and influence of common-wealth trusts on the model of the Alaska Permanent Fund
- to implement local currencies at refugee camps (the office of the U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees took notice)
- to get youth engaged in agriculture through a voluntary national service program
- to use crowdsourcing and social media to track the effects of climate change on environment and society
- to reform Congress by means of a legislative secret ballot
Brent co-edits Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology for Yale University Press, serves on the editorial advisory board of the Thoreau Society Bulletin, and comments on current (and ancient) affairs at TheGlobalist.com.
Contact Brent at email@example.com.