I’m an environmental anthropologist, specializing in the political ecology of socio-economic change and resource conflict. I finished my PhD in the Department of Anthropology in August 2012 at the University of Georgia. I currently teach at in the Environmental Studies and General Education programs at Eckerd College and in the Anthropology Department of University of South Florida St Petersburg. Previously, I was also a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Center for Integrative Conservation Research and the USDA Forest Service. My recent work has examined social vulnerability, perceptions of climate change, and heir property issues in Georgia (US) and the experiences of living with microcredit debt in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.
My academic interests focus on the complex interplay between humans and their environments over time. Under the broad umbrella of environmental anthropology, I’ve been able to explore a wide range of topics, including food insecurity, rural livelihoods, forced migration, property rights, the politics of environmental conservation, and climate change on multiple continents. More than anything, I love to talk with people, to hear their stories in their words and to get a glimpse into the creative ways they have built their lives and navigated life’s challenges.
My teaching interests include, Introduction to Anthropology (4-Field), Cultural Anthropology, Environmental Anthropology, African Ethnography, Food and Sustainability, and the Anthropology of Global Problems.
My dissertation, entitled “In the Aftermath of Displacement: A Political Ecology of Dispossession, Transformation, and Conflict on Mt. Elgon, Uganda,” focuses on the long-term effects of displacement on livelihoods in the Benet Resettlement Area on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park, Uganda. More specifically, my research examines how displacement and resettlement create new relations of production, which then shape how affected individuals negotiate future political economic change and crisis. As I continue with this research, I am particularly interested in how historical processes such as forced migration, changes in conservation policy, and the neoliberalization of development inform divergent notions of place, identity, and, consequently, place-making activities among actors involved in resource conflict.