I am a sociologist studying interactions between society and nature with a focus on how the economy and labor impact the environment and shape people’s relationships to nonhuman nature. I examine how people understand environmental issues and participate in politics and social movements, and how institutions create environmental policies. I focus on questions of power and inequality and the ways that categories of social difference, race, class, gender, and nationality, intersect to produce environmental injustices and privileges. I draw on interdisciplinary social science and humanities approaches in my scholarship and teaching to understand these complex relationships.
I am currently an Assistant Professor at Texas Christian University in the Sociology and Anthropology Department. Previously I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Davidson College where I taught courses related to environmental justice, social movements, climate change, globalization, and political ecology. I have also taught courses on environmental justice at Macalaster College in the Environmental Studies Department. I earned my PhD in sociology at University of Minnesota in 2018.