I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth & Environment at Franklin & Marshall College. I previously taught at American University’s School of International Service (SIS), and I currently serve as a member of the  Planning Commission for the City of Lancaster (PA). As a scholar, I primarily draw upon critical theories within geography, anthropology, and development to explore how national and international sustainable development plans meet practice in people’s lives.

My book-in-progress is tentatively entitled Governing the Rainforest: Sustainable Development Politics in the Brazilian Amazon. It is based on ten years of research concerning the links between development policies, infrastructure, conservation, and human rights in Brazil. The book is currently under review with a top university press. I have published in the Journal of Latin American Studies, Environmental Studies and SciencesHuman Ecology, International Environmental Agreements, and Third World Quarterly.  I was the “Green Teacher of the Year” at American University in 2016 for founding and supporting campus bee-keeping initiatives, and also received an award for Outstanding Teaching as a Term Faculty Member from SIS in 2015.

My educational training  includes a PhD in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service (’09). I have a Certificate in Human Rights from the Washington College of Law (’04), and am a proud alumna of Oberlin College (BA, highest honors in Environmental Studies and Politics, ’01). I was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil in 2007.

In addition to my research on sustainable development politics in the Brazilian Amazon, my interests also include food systems, bicycling and inequality, and beekeeping. My interests tend to play out in my academic writing and sometimes also closer to home, which once included a houseboat (permanently) docked in Washington, DC.  Now I live on land.

Here is my CV, so that you can have a better sense of my work and research.


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