Bio

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth & Environment at Franklin & Marshall College.  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 is 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.  I have also published articles in Antipode, Journal of Latin American Studies, Environmental Studies and SciencesHuman Ecology, International Environmental Agreements, and Third World Quarterly.

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 in Washington, DC.  Now I live on land, in Pennsylvania.

I previously taught at American University’s School of International Service (SIS), where I was awarded recognition as Outstanding Teaching as a Term Faculty Member in 2015. I was the “Green Teacher of the Year” at American University in 2016. I have a Ph.D. in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service (’09). I also have a Certificate in Human Rights from the Washington College of Law and am a proud alumna of Oberlin College. I was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil in 2007.

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

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