Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies

A. J. Hudson

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Degree Program: 
J.D and Ph.D

A. J. Hudson is a JD candidate at Yale Law School and a recent master’s graduate of the Yale School of the Environment. He is passionate about science education, nature photography, and environmental communication that reaches the broadest audience possible. His research agenda is deeply interested in the intersection of neotropical ecological management and climate change policy with environmental and social justice for minorities, historically colonized or enslaved, and recently contacted indigenous people of Latin America and the Caribbean.

He received his B.A. from Columbia University with a Major in Psychology focusing on Environmental Decision Making and Behavioral Ecology. He also attained an M.A. in Teaching Science from Relay Graduate School of Education during his teaching career as a public high school science teacher. In his time at Yale A. J. has completed field research projects in urban ecology concerning climate change resilience and hurricane response in San Juan, Puerto Rico as well as animal behavior studies around the effects of pollution in the rainforests of Gamboa, Panama.

AJ wrote his mixed-methods master’s thesis on Ecuador’s hyper-biodiverse Yasuni National Park, featuring an ecological study on tropical forest dynamics while also exploring the role of oil drilling in rainforest deforestation and the impacts of this oil exploration and resource exploitation on the indigenous people who live within the park’s boundaries. His current research and clinical projects concern creating a legal understanding of climate change-driven migration in Latin American and the Caribbean, and an ethnography concerning Puerto Rican experiences of the federal failures of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Department: 
Law School and School of Environment
Expected Year of Graduation: 
Class of 2025