Adam Orford

Adam Orford

PhD Candidate

Energy & Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley

Adam Orford is a Ph.D. candidate 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, including especially with respect to legislative developments during the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s. 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. As an attorney prior to returning to academia, Adam 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
  • 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