Conferences and Research Papers

One of the highlights of the 2013-2014 academic year for me was the Chico Vive conference, which I participated in as a co-host and organizing committee member. We are writing up the conference proceedings into an e-book which Island Press has expressed interest in publishing.  The conference convened 13 human rights and environmental activists from around the world for three days of discussion, workshops, art, and experience-sharing.

Recent academic talks:

International Relations from Below the State: Brazilian Environmentalism and the Green Economy.” ISA-FLACSO Conference, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 2014.

“Groundswells, Shifting Ground, and Sinkholes: Brazilian Socio-environmental Activism.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, May 2014.

“Ticket to Ride: Public Transportation Access and Improved Livelihoods in Bogotá, Colombia.” Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Annual Conference, March 2014 (with Katarina Brunette).

“Growing Community-University Partnerships through Food System Projects.” Symposium on Food Systems and Urbanization. Yale University, New Haven, CT, October 2013 (workshop paper and presentation).

“Brazilian Development and Environmental Conflicts: Implications for Brazil and the World.” Keynote address, 7th Annual Graduate Student Conference on Latin America and the Caribbean. University of Maryland, College Park, MD, November, 2013.

“Brazil, the Green Economy and Challenging Environmental Norms in Global Governance.” Workshop paper, Brazil and the Liberal Order: Brazil’s Influence on the Global Norms and Institutions. Joint workshop, American University – Fundação Getulio Vargas, Washington DC, September 2013.

April 16, 2013. Georgetown University Law School. Washington, DC. Panelist: Energy and Sustainable Development and the Belo Monte Dam.

April 4 – 6, 2013. International Studies Association, Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.  Paper:Overdevelopment: A lost and found story in development discourse

“Development’s Murky Waters:  Symbolic Struggle and Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam” Paper presentation, Development Sociology Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, November 2012.

“Dynamics of Repetition? Transnational Advocacy Networks and Twenty Years of Belo Monte Dam Activism” Paper presentation, Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association (ISA), San Diego, CA, April 2012.

“Overdevelopment: Limits and the Problem of Development” Paper presentation, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), New York, NY, February 2012.

“Protecting Trees and People Equally? Human Rights and Environment in the Eastern Brazilian Amazon.” Paper presentation, Conference on the 500th Anniversary of the Universality of Human Rights, George Mason University / Alma College, December 2011.

“Towards Reflexive Development: Understanding Washington, DC as a Third World City.” Paper presentation, Rethinking Development Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, November 2011.

Pedagogy, Research and Sustainability Speaking Engagements:

“Community-Based Learning 101.” Teaching, Research, and Technology Workshop (panel), American University, August 2013.

“Sustainability Leadership: From Personal to Political.” National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (with Yona Sipos and Claire Williamson). University of Maryland, College Park, MD, May 2013.

“More than the Sum of its Parts: Learning Horizontally.” Ann Farren Teaching Conference, American University, January 2013.

“Civic Education, Global Community, and Service Learning at American University” Panelist, International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Conference, Baltimore, MD, September 2012.