Affiliate Members

University of Minnesota tenured or tenure-track faculty or Principal Investigator-qualified P&A staff may apply to become affiliated with the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. The Consortium will help affiliated members develop interdisciplinary connections, put forward research proposals, and build additional ties to the law and policy community. To learn how to apply, visit our Consortium Policies page. 

Members of Affiliated Faculty & Staff Program
As of Winter 2015

Prof. Alexandra Klass, JD
Professor of Law
Distinguished McKnight University Professor

Prof. Alexandra Klass

Prof. Klass teaches and writes in the areas of energy law, environmental law, natural resources law, tort law and property law. The Law School named her the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year for 2009-10, and she served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2010-12. Prior to coming to the University, Professor Klass was a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis and Associate Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and on the Governing Council of the Environmental and Natural Resources Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Professor Klass is a Member Scholar at the Center for Progressive Reform, and a Resident Fellow at the University's Institute on the Environment.

Prof. Katherine Klink, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Society

Prof. Katherine Klink

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
Assistant Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Prof Kathryn Quick

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

Prof. Francis Shen

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.