Jesse Reynolds

Emmett/Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy

  • B.A. Hampshire College, 1997
  • M.S. UC Berkeley, 2000
  • Ph.D. Tilburg University, 2014

Jesse Reynolds is an Emmett/Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law for 2018-2020. He researches how society can develop norms, rules, and institutions to manage transboundary environmental problems, particularly those involving new technologies. While his approach is centered in international environmental law, Reynolds draws from other disciplines, including international relations and economics. His research focusses on the governance of climate engineering, a group of proposed methods to intentionally intervene in earth systems at large scales in order to counterbalance anthropogenic climate change. Reynolds’s book The Governance of Solar Geoengineering was recently published by Cambridge University Press, and his articles have appeared in Global Environmental Politics, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, International Studies Review, the Journal of Environmental Law, and elsewhere.

Reynolds is also a Research Affiliate at Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program at Harvard University. He was previously an assistant professor at the Utrecht Center for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law, Utrecht University (where he remains an associate researcher) and a lecturer at Tilburg University, both in The Netherlands. Reynolds earned his B.A. in environmental science and chemistry from Hampshire College, his M.S. in environmental science, policy, and management from UC Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in international law from Tilburg University. He has been a Fulbright Fellow through U.S. Department of State and a Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellow through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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