Eligible University of Minnesota faculty and staff may apply to become affiliated with the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. The Consortium will help affiliate members develop interdisciplinary connections, put forward research proposals, and build additional ties to the law and policy community. To learn about eligibility and how to apply, visit our Consortium Policies page.
Members of Affiliate Faculty & Staff Program
Prof. Susanna Blumenthal, PhD, JD
William Prosser Professor of Law and Professor of History
Co-Director of the Program in Law and History
University of Minnesota Law School
Prof. Susanna Blumenthal is a scholar of American legal history whose research and writing focuses on the historical relationship between law and the human sciences. She is the author of Law and the Modern Mind: Consciousness and Responsibility in American Legal Culture (Harvard University Press, 2016) as well as numerous essays and law review articles, appearing in Harvard Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Law and History Review.
Prof. Katherine Klink, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Society
College of Liberal Arts
Prof. Klink's training is in geography, meteorology, and climatology. A common theme throughout her academic career has been the interplay of climate variability and how humans choose to live in the world. She is also interested more broadly in ethical, legal, and societal aspects of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Her primary research focus is on wind climatology with applications to wind energy. Her secondary focus is on climate applications in agriculture, specifically how climate changes may be affecting the productivity of small grains in Minnesota and the upper Midwest.
Prof. Kathryn S. Quick, PhD
Associate Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Prof. Quick's research, teaching, and service focus on how managers in public and nonprofit organizations create opportunities for communities to work together productively to address complex public issues. She works in a range of public policy areas, including transportation, environmental management, and urban planning. Prof. Quick previously worked as an environmental advocate and policy analyst in Indonesia and as a community development program manager in two Californian cities. She holds a Ph.D. in planning, policy, and design from the University of California, Irvine, a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Swarthmore College.
Prof. Francis Shen, JD, PhD
Associate Professor of Law
McKnight Land-Grant Professor
University of Minnesota Law School
Prof. Shen joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty as an Associate Professor in 2012. He also serves as Executive Director of Education and Outreach for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. Prof. Shen completed his B.A. in economics and English at the University of Chicago in 2000, his J.D. at Harvard Law School in 2006, and his Ph.D. in government and social policy at Harvard University and the Kennedy School of Government in 2008. During graduate school he was a Doctoral Fellow in the Harvard University Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy, supported by the National Science Foundation. From 2007-09, he was a Teaching Fellow, Lecturer, and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Harvard Department of Government and received five Certificates of Distinction for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard’s Derek Bok Center.