Chandra L. Middleton

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Senior Research Fellow – Project Climate, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment

Chandra L. Middleton is a Senior Research Fellow in Project Climate at CLEE. Chandra’s work focuses on social and cultural dimensions of climate change and environmental policy. Her current projects include the Climate Break podcast and a collaboration with cultural institutions to spark public action on climate change.

Prior to joining CLEE, Chandra was a Program Officer with the Board on Environmental Change and Society at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She has conducted extensive ethnographic research on topics at the intersection of policy and anthropology, including on administrative legal practices at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the role of regtech in the credit union movement. As a Senior Fellow at the POPVOX Foundation, she studied democratic practice and community engagement in policymaking processes.

Chandra received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. She has a J.D. and a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she served as associate editor of Environmental Law. She received an A.B. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. She is an active member of the D.C. Bar.

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine (2021)
J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School (2004)
A.B., Washington University in St. Louis (1999)