Brett Aho

Graduate Student
PhD Cohort 2017


Regulatory Governance, Global Health, Environmental Justice, Sociolegal Studies, Science-Policy Interface


(2016) Master of Arts, Global Studies, University of Leipzig, Germany and Roskilde University, Denmark 

(2010) Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, French, and German, University of Redlands, USA


Brett began his academic adventures at the University of Redlands, completing a triple major in International Relations, German, and French. Upon graduation, he was awarded a Fulbright teaching fellowship to Germany, where he spent the year drinking coffee and studying the works of Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and Freud. After returning to the U.S., he moved to Washington D.C., where he began working as a freelance writer. Most recently, Brett received his M.A. in Global Studies through the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies Consortium, completing coursework at the University of Leipzig in Germany and Roskilde University in Denmark.


Brett’s research focuses on the behavior of transnational corporations in the age of globalization. In particular, he is interested in how global businesses exert influence over governance processes, as well as the social and environmental consequences of those actions. Brett became interested in governance issues through his work as a journalist, writing extensively about the development of regulatory policy in both the US and the E.U. He is particularly concerned with public, occupational, and environmental health hazards stemming from unethical business practices and rampant capitalism. At UCSB, Brett hopes to pivot his research to examine how major corporations engage with governance structures in developing countries, and plans to continue studying the complexities and consequences of regulatory capture. He is excited to work with an audacious faculty who concern themselves with the injustices and inequalities that have risen from globalization processes.


  • Aho, B. (2017) Disrupting Regulation: Understanding Industry Engagement on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals. Science and Public Policy. DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scx004

  • Aho, B. (2015, April 12) Intercultural Transfers and the Making of the Modern World. [Review of the book Intercultural Transfers and the Making of the Modern World, 1800–2000: Sources and Contexts, by T. Adam]. Connections. Retrievable from

  • Aho, B. (2015, March 21) Mediating the Global. [Review of the book Mediating the Global. Expatria's Forms and Consequences in Kathmandu, by H. Hindman] H-Net. Retrievable from