Adam Orford

Adam Orford

PhD Candidate (now); Assistant Professor (soon)

Energy & Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley (now); University of Georgia School of Law (soon)

Adam Orford is thrilled to be an incoming assistant professor at the University of Georgia School of Law. He will be teaching courses on environmental law, climate change law, and renewable energy law and policy. More info to come soon!

Until May 2021, Adam will be finishing his Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley’s Energy & Resources Group (ERG). He is currently focused on understanding the early interaction between conservative and environmental politics in the United States. His dissertation is titled The Creation of Enemies: Investigating Conservative Environmental Polarization, 1945-1981. His work blends law, policy, political and social theory, and history.

Prior to returning to academia, Adam was an environmental litigator. He represented public and private clients in complex environmental civil litigation and regulatory matters; conducted both trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts across the country; and assisted with the environmental review and compliance aspects of numerous corporate transactions. In law school, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.


  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Renewable Energy Transitions
  • U.S. Political History
  • Environmental Regulation
  • Environmental Ethics


  • Ph.D., Energy & Resources, 2021

    U.C. Berkeley Energy & Resources Group

  • M.P.P. / M.A., 2018

    U.C. Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and U.C. Berkeley Energy & Resources Group

  • J.D., 2006

    Columbia Law School

  • B.A. (Italian), 2002

    Arizona State University


Investigating Conservative Environmental Polarization

Investigating Conservative Environmental Polarization

Dissertation exit talk on historical development of conservative environmental polarization.