I’m an environmental anthropologist, specializing in political ecology, or how social relationships of power influence people’s interactions with the environment. I finished my PhD in the Department of Anthropology in August 2012 at the University of Georgia. I’m currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies and General Education programs at Eckerd College. In recent years, I have also taught at University of South Florida St Petersburg, Hillsborough Community College, and the University of Georgia. From 2012-2013, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the USDA Forest Service and Center for Integrative Conservation Research at UGA. 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 Environmental Studies, Political Ecology of Africa, Food and Sustainability, and Agroecology, among others.
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.