Gabriel Levine is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Politics. His dissertation examines the intellectual history of environmental law in the twentieth-century United States. In studying the emergence of “the environment” as a legal category, he aims to shed new light on the broad shift from the New Deal to neoliberalism: What conceptions of politics, markets, and law did environmental law reflect and reinforce? And what were the alternatives? Gabe finds that, initially, environmental law was a far more varied field than many scholars have recognized. Scholars and advocates looked to the environment to envision anew the functions of regulation, of constitutional law, of antitrust, of labor unions, and of local government. In recovering these visions, Gabe places environmental law at the center of the late twentieth century’s political-economic transformations.
Graduate Prize Fellow
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