PhD Student, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
PO Box 872402
Tempe, AZ 85287-2402
- PhD Student, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
I am a non-traditional PhD student in Arizona State University’s environmental social science program. Prior to entering graduate school, I worked in the legal field as a paralegal and office manager.
I am passionate about wildlife conservation and fascinated by institutions, i.e., the rules, norms, and shared strategies that humans use to engage with each other and the environment. My PhD dissertation is focused on assessing the role that international wildlife treaties play in generating the necessary collective action to foster wildlife conservation and the preservation of global biodiversity. I utilize common pool resource theories and methodologies—specifically the institutional grammar tool, the design principles of long-enduring governance systems, and the Robustness and IAD frameworks—to investigate both the written and perceived rule structure of four wildlife treaties in two treaty member countries (South Africa and Kenya).
The nature of my research mandates an interdisciplinary scholarly approach. I draw on the knowledge of a variety of social and natural science disciplines, including political science, legal theory, conservation biology, new institutionalism, and anthropology. I also rely on and benefit from collaborations with students and faculty in the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Gerber lab, and the Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment. These interactions have broadened my intellectual horizon by inspiring me to view global conservation issues through a variety of different scholarly lenses.
I am a German native and spent my childhood growing up in Canada and Germany. Before moving to Arizona, I traveled throughout Europe, the U.S., and Canada before settling in Arizona. I still enjoy traveling and spending my free time running and hiking with my husband and our dog.
- MA, Environmental Social Science, Arizona State University, 2015
- BS (summa cum laude), Sustainability, Arizona State University
Bernstein, M. J., M. del Mar Mancha-Cisneros, M. Tyson, U. Brady, C. Rubinos, H. C. Shin, S. Vallury, S. Smith-Heisters and E. Ratajczyk. 2019. Mapping Ostrom's common-pool resource systems coding handbook to the coupled infrastructure systems framework to enable comparative research. International Journal of the Commons 13(1):528-552. DOI: 10.18352/ijc.904. (link )
Baggio, J. A., A. J. Barnett, I. Perez-Ibarra, U. Brady, E. Ratajczyk, N. Rollins, C. Rubinos, H. C. Shin, D. J. Yu, R. Aggarwal, J. M. Anderies and M. A. Janssen. 2016. Explaining success and failure in the commons: the configural nature of Ostrom's institutional design principles. International Journal of the Commons 10(2):417-419. DOI: 10.18352/ijc.634. (link )
Barnett, A. J., J. A. Baggio, H. C. Shin, D. J. Yu, I. Perez-Ibarra, C. Rubinos, U. Brady, E. Ratajczyk, N. Rollins, R. Aggarwal, J. M. Anderies and M. A. Janssen. 2016. An iterative approach to case study analysis: insights from qualitative analysis of quantitative inconsistencies. International Journal of the Commons 10(2):467-494. DOI: 10.18352/ijc.632. (link )
Ratajczyk, E., U. Brady, J. A. Baggio, A. Barnett, I. Perez-Ibarra, N. Rollins, C. Rubinos, H. C. Shin, D. J. Yu, R. Aggarwal, J. M. Anderies and M. A. Janssen. 2016. Challenges and opportunities in coding the commons: problems, procedures, and potential solutions in large-N comparative case studies. International Journal of the Commons 10(2):440-466. DOI: 10.18352/ijc.652. (link )
Bernstein, M. J., U. Brady, M. del Mar Mancha-Cisneros, E. Ratajczyk, M. Tyson, C. Rubinos, H. C. Shin, S. Smith-Heisters and S. Vallury. 2017. Found in translation: Dialogues between coding variables and frameworks in studies of common-pool resources. Presentation at the Practicing the Commons: XVI Biennial International Association for the Study of the Commons Conference, July 10-14, 2017, Utrecht, The Netherlands.