Halvorson, Charles

Field: United States; Advisor: Blackmar

Charles is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of History at Columbia University where he specializes in the history of environmental regulation in the United States. His dissertation focuses on the emergence of market friendly regulation in the 1970s, particularly during the Carter Administration. This research points to the importance of environmental consultancies, trade associations, and individual firms in shifting environmental regulation away from standardized quantity controls and toward floating targets tailored to local economic conditions – including the development of transferable property rights in pollutants.

As a teaching assistant, Charles has covered fields ranging from the history of finance to the making of the modern American landscape. Charles received his B.A. magna cum laude in History from Lewis and Clark College and holds a M.A. and M. Phil. in History from Columbia. An avid hiker and paddler, Charles counts a mountaineering expedition in Patagonia among his favorite trips.