2006 Ph.D., University of Maryland, Politics of Environment and Natural Resources
Dissertation: "Distant Markets and the Invisible Hand: Principal-Agent Dynamics of Non-State Market-driven Environmental Policies," comparing delegation and information transfer in sustainable forest management and certification systems in Chile
2001 M.A., University of Maryland, Political Economy
1998 B.A., University of Washington, Political Science
1992 B.A., Evergreen State College, Ecological Agriculture (minor in Computer Science)
2015-present Ecological Economist, Earth Economics, Tacoma, WA
Identification and measure of key ecosystem goods and services, with emphasis on significance to local economies, quality of life, and overall contribution to a comprehensive understanding of benefits and costs; inclusive benefit-cost analysis; analysis of funding mechanisms for ecosystem services
2009-2015 Research Scientist, Center for Policy Research, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY
Research design, data collection and analysis, extracting relational and other data from large text corpora; curation of a list of 2,700 violent non-state groups (>6,000 aliases); integration of multiple large-scale entity and event datasets
2008-2009 Product Compliance Specialist, Amazon.com
Researching and documenting a global fulfillment and product recall system; continual monitoring of recall announcements and customer feedback; implementing product recalls throughout the company's global supply chain
2007-2008 Visiting Assistant Professor, Western Washington University, Department of Political Science
Courses on Environmental Politics, Introduction to Political Science, Politics of Inequality, Political Economy of Social Labeling
2004-2008 Research Scientist, NSF Law & Social Sciences Grants: Intercourt Relations in the American Legal System I and II
Developed and co-directed a $340,000 project on development of tools and techniques to study the development of legal precedent within the American court system, on the issue of regulatory takings
2004-2005 EPA Risk Assessment Consultant, International Center for Toxicology and Medicine
Human health risk models within the IRAP-h View software suite; merging raster land use data with 3-dimensional vector models, test burn data, and historical meteorological data to project localized deposition patterns and bioaccumulation effects, impacts on human morbidity and mortality.
2002, 1998 Research Assistant, Minorities at Risk Project, Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland
Analyzed event-level data for thirty-three minority groups throughout Latin America and the Caribbean for the period 1992-2002; summary risk assessments for each group
2001-2002 Research Fellow, Forest Stewardship Council, Washington, DC
Research support for the Meridian Report (which compared FSC and SFI standards); field research on private forestry in the United States, assessing programs for small-scale land owners, and policies to improve productivity and efficiency.
2000-2001 Program Assistant, Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda, University of Maryland
Planned twice-monthly lecture series and academic workshops on the political economy of sustainability and stewardship; outreach to both academic and general public.
1996 Research Assistant, Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, John F Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA
Research support for an undergraduate course on the history of economic thought, and an intellectual biography of John Kenneth Galbraith.
1993-1995 Vocational Agriculture Instructor, National Agriculture-Technical Institute / US Peace Corps, Caraparí, Bolivia
Established basic curriculum for agriculture and nutrition courses, weekly lectures and practical exercises to over one hundred students. All classes taught in Spanish.
Victor Asal, Jacob Mauslein, Amanda Murdie, Joseph Young, Ken Cousins, and Chris Bronk, "Repression, Education, and Politically Motivated Cyberattacks," Journal of Global Security Studies 1 : 234-46. (2016).
Johnny Mojica, Ken Cousins, and Tania Briceno, "National Economic Analysis of the Four Lower Snake River Dams: A Review of the 2002 Lower Snake Feasibility Report/Environmental Impact Statement. Economic Appendix (I)," Earth Economics, Tacoma, WA (2016).
Victor Asal, Ken Cousins, and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, "Making Ends Meet: Combining Organizational Data in Contentious Politics," Journal of Peace Research 52: 134-38 (2014).
Dennis Pirages and Ken Cousins (eds.) From Environmental Scarcity to Ecological Security: Exploring New Limits to Growth, MIT Press (2005).
“Twenty-nine Days: Responses to a Finite World” in From Environmental Scarcity to Ecological Security: Exploring New Limits to Growth. Dennis Pirages and Ken Cousins (eds.), MIT Press (2005)
Ken Cousins and Wayne McIntosh, "More than Typewriters, More than Adding Machines: Integrating Information Technology into Political Research," Quality and Quantity 39: 581-614 (October 2005).
Trista Patterson, Tim Gulden, Ken Cousins, and Egor Kraev, "A Dynamic Model Of Tourism In Dominica," Ecological Modeling 175: 121-36 (2004).
"If a Tree Falls on the Other Side of the World ... Distance and Information in Global Markets" Exploratory Workshop on Research in Corporate Social Responsibility, Yale University, New Haven, CT, January 2007
"The Evolution of Law in the Federal Court System: a Citation Analysis of Federal Regulatory Takings Decisions, 1978-2005," with Wayne McIntosh, Michael Evans, Steve Simon, and John McTague Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, September 2006
"Principals, Agents, and Public Goods: Information and Structural Complexity in Policy Implementation Systems." Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Diego, CA, March 2006. Awarded Best Graduate Student Paper, Environmental Studies Section
"More than Typewriters, More than Adding Machines: Integrating Information Technology Into Political Research,” Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, March 2004
“Certification: an Insider’s Perspective," 7th Annual Environmental Law & Institutions Colloquium, Certification Institutions and Private Governance: New Dynamics in the Protection of Workers and the Environment, Duke Center for Environmental Solutions, December 2001
"Defining Responsibility: Control of Knowledge in Chilean Environmental Law," Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Chicago, February 2001
Political Economy of Conscience (PLSC 416), Western Washington University, Winter 2008
Economics and politics of social labeling systems, contrasting state-based regulation with voluntary, market-based systems.
Politics of Inequality (PLSC 346), Western Washington University, Winter 2008, Spring 2008
Deepening understanding of – and sensitivity to – persistent inequalities; how and why such differences occur, ideas about why they matter, remedies and prevention.
Environmental Politics (PLSC 420), Western Washington University, Fall 2007, Spring 2008
Politics and policies of the environment and natural resources, emphasizing US national policies (domestic and foreign), as well as those of Washington State.
Environmental Ethics (CPSP 218), University of Maryland, Fall 2006
Introduction to ideas about nature in human society and humans in the non-human world, the values guiding the actions of individuals, organizations, and governments.
The Craft of Political Science Research (GVPT 399), University of Maryland, Summer 2006
Introduction to the scientific process: research design, research ethics, archival research, survey design, interviewing, content analysis, process tracing, social network analysis.
Introduction to Environmental Politics (GVPT 273), University of Maryland, Summer 2006
Historical overview of environmental problems, institutions, policies, practices, and remedies, with an emphasis on American public policy, both domestic and foreign.
Policy in Context: Changing the Chesapeake (GVPT 399), University of Maryland, Summer 2004
Online course on the relationships between politics, policy, and environmental systems, through a case study of the natural and social history of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Visions of Power: Politics in Science-Fiction Cinema (GVPT 388), University of Maryland, Summer 2007
Colloquium of science fiction cinema as a lens on popular conceptions of political power, from utopian visions to anarchy and dystopian corporate states
"Information, Non-State Environmental Policy, and Global Markets," Ecological Economics Group (MEES 608N), University of Maryland, April 2006
Three-part series on "Population: Theoretical and Empirical Dynamics," Environmental Science and Policy (ENSP 101), University of Maryland, November 2004
"Ecology, Economics, Society: a dialogue about critical concepts," Ecological Economics Group (MEES 608N), University of Maryland, October 2003
"Twenty-nine Days: the History of Environmental Policy," Ecological Economics Group (MEES 608N), University of Maryland, October 2003
"Sustainable Forestry in Chile " Ecological Economics Group (MEES 608N), University of Maryland, September 2002
Three-part series on "The Strategy of the Commons: A Political Economics of the Environment," Environmental Science and Policy (ENSP 102), University of Maryland, April 2002
Best Graduate Student Paper, Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association, for "Principals, Agents, and Public Goods: Information and Structural Complexity in Policy Implementation Systems," 2006
Graduate Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2006
Harrison Research Fellowship, Department Government and Politics, University of Maryland, 2002-2003
University Merit Fellowship, Department Government and Politics, University of Maryland, 2001–2002, 1998–1999
Excellence in Teaching Award, Environmental Science and Policy, University of Maryland, 2000