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Brian Klein

Brian Klein

Brian Klein
Assistant Professor of Afro-American and African Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Assistant Professor of Program in the Environment, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and School for Environment and Sustainability
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I'm a political ecologist interested in environmental governance and global development, especially in frontier settings across the Global South. I earned my PhD in environmental science, policy, and management from UC Berkeley in 2020. My doctoral dissertation examines the role of local-level natural resource management institutions in shaping access, agency, and accumulation in Madagascar’s artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector. At the center of my work is a commitment to producing policy-relevant research informed by interdisciplinary analysis aimed at achieving more equitable and sustainable outcomes for smallholder resource extractors and rural communities—in Madagascar, and across the globe.

Prior to entering academia, I worked in Washington, DC at organizations including the World Bank, U.S. Peace Corps, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar from 2010-2012, and earned a B.A. in political science and international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2008.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

My work contributes directly toward solving the United Nations SDGs listed below. Learn more.

1. No Poverty
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
10. Reduced Inequalities
12. Responsible Consumption and Production
15. Life on Land