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Private standards have long been ubiquitous to commerce and trade. To ensure consistency and interoperability of products, medieval guilds (Mattli, 2001; Vogel, 2010), and more recently firms, industry associations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have established standards that prescribe technical requirements. As firms’ supply chains and consumer markets expanded beyond national borders during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to reduce the transaction costs of conducting business internationally, these stakeholders cooperated to amalgamate national standards into private transnational standards. However, beginning in the mid-1980s, new types of transnational private standards (TPS) began to emerge. Whereas TPS had previously established technical requirements designed to address coordination problems (i.e., ensure conformity of products within and across industries) and information problems (i.e., signal quality of products to consumers) (Büthe & Mattli, 2011), this new generation of TPS established criteria designed to solve collaboration problems (i.e., credibly commit to self-regulation) and mitigate negative social externalities (e.g., emissions from production, poor labor practices, environmental degradation) (Haufler, 2001; Potoski & Prakash, 2009).

My research seeks to understand what motivates actors to pursue these arrangements, their effects on policymaking, and whether they hinder or contribute to effective governance

Manuscripts Under Review (Links to Summaries)

Work In Progress (Links to Summaries)

Future Projects (Links to Summaries)

Project 1: Lobbying and Transnational Private Standards in Other Issue-Areas

Project 2: The Effectiveness of Transnational Private Regulation

Project 3: Explaining the Diffusion of Transnational Private Regulation 

Other Publications (Links to Publications)

 2011 “Methodological Guide on Tariffs, Taxes and Transfers in the European Water Sector,” with Manuel Lago, Jennifer Möller-Gulland, Julian Leem Gerardo Anzaldua, Isabelle Turcotte, Johanna von der Weppen, Felipe Gaitan, and Benjamin Boteler, EUREAU.

 2011 “Literature Review & Research Survey,” with Andreas Graf, Haran Bar-On, Ralph Piotrowski, Anneke von Raggamby, and Sarah Lang, InContext Project: Supportive environments for sustainable living. 

Conference & Workshop Presentations (Links to Slides)

 2017Bypassing Students’ Hostility to Discussing Justice: Creating Distance by Using Simulations and Upscaling the Unit of Analysis," American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
 2016 “Forestry Standards as Firm Political Strategies,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
 2016 "Standards as Strategies: How Firms Adopt Transnational Private Standards for Leverage in Regulatory Policymaking,” 24th World Congress of Political Science, International Political Science Association, Poznań, Poland,
 2016 "Standards as Strategies: How Firms Adopt Transnational Private Standards for Leverage in Regulatory Policymaking,” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.
 2016 “Private Forestry Standards and Procurement Policies,” International Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
 2015 “The Influence of Transnational Corporate Private Regimes on Domestic Policies,” International Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. 
 2015 “Adopting Transnational Standards, Preempting Stringent Regulations,” Duck Family Graduate Workshop on Environmental Politics and Governance, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
 2014     “The Diffusion of Feed-In Tariff Policies,” International Studies Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.
 2013   “Upscaling Elinor Ostrom's Design Principles Illustrated by Long-Enduring Common-Pool Resource Institutions: Quantitative Analysis Using International Regimes Database,” International Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
 2012 “From Climate Change to Conflict? Human vs. State Security Concerns in the Arctic,” International Studies Association-Western Division, Pasadena, CA.
 2010 “The Arctic Environment as a Common-Pool Resource,” Continents Under Climate Change Conference, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.




Advanced Certificate in Teaching, Teaching Engagement Program, University of Oregon

Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research


ICPSR Certificate    EITM Certificate


Summer School on Individual and Agent Based Modelling, Dresden University of Technology



Summer School in Methods and Techniques, European Consortium for Political Research



“Complex(c)ity - urbanization and energy transitions in a changing climate,” Global Sustainability Summer School, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), and Santa Fe Institute



“Risk, uncertainty and extreme events – characteristics of human-environment interactions,” Global Sustainability Summer School, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), and Santa Fe Institute



Mentor, Arctic Summer College, Ecologic Institute


 2011 – 2013

Participant, Arctic Summer College, Ecologic Institute