Max graduated with a B.A. and M.A. in Religion, and is concurrently completing a J.D. at the University of Connecticut School of Law. His research interests include the history of post-reconstruction U.S. state formation, law and political economy, and religion and U.S. empire. His dissertation analyzes the early 20th century efforts by the Department of Interior and western states to leverage allotment policy to jumpstart irrigation development, and the related shift in Native political activism to reorganize political relations with federal agencies and state governments.