Michael Burger is the first executive director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.
His current research and advocacy focuses on domestic and international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote climate change adaptation through pollution control, resource management, land use planning, and green finance.
Prior to joining the center, Burger was an associate professor at Roger Williams University. At university, Michael taught environmental law, administrative law, and law and literature, and was director of the environmental and land use law clinical externship program.
Of his many publications, his article “Environmental Law/Environmental Literature” in Ecology Law Quarterly, 2013, was recognized with the inaugural Penny Pether Award for Law and Language Scholarship. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposiums, and has been quoted in The Huffington Post and other news outlets. He is also a co-founder and member of the Environmental Law Collaborative.
He earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School and holds a M.F.A. from New York University. Burger is a graduate of Brown University, where he received the Ratcliffe Hicks Prize for highest standing in language and literature.