I am currently one of the leaders of an interdisciplinary effort, with the Center for Regional Change and the Center for Community and Citizen Science, to promote environmental education, stewardship, and useful data through community and citizen science in Lake County as part of efforts on behalf of the Blue-Ribbon Committee for the Rehabilitation of Clear Lake (AB 707) with funding from the California Natural Resources Agency ($600,000; 2022-2024).
My current project, “Addressing environmental health concerns of community residents of Kettleman City, CA: A community-based approach to examining exposure and assessing community health”, is funded by a pilot grant from the UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center (2018-2021; $60,000). This project is community-driven research into intersections of environmental injustice and health in the predominantly-Spanish speaking, agricultural town in California's Central Valley that hosts one of two operating class I hazardous waste landfill. In this project, working with community partners and scientists from UCD, we collected and analyzed air quality, water quality, and biological sampling to identify potential routes of exposure. Supplementary funding was received from the UC Davis Center for Regional Change ($2,000) and the Feminist Research Institute ($10,000). These partnerships and data are supporting R-01 applications to the NIH. For additional research products from this project including peer-reviewed journal articles, policy briefs, community fact sheets and presentations please see the Research and CV tabs.
I have received past funding from the National Science Foundation for my dissertation research, “Unequal Exposure to Environmental Hazards: Analyzing the Location and Distribution of Landfills in the Contiguous United States” (Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant–Sociology Program; 2016-2018; $11,999; #1602813). I received supplementary funding from the School of Liberal Arts Merit Fellowship from Tulane University ($2,500). For additional research products from this project including peer-reviewed journal articles, policy briefs, community fact sheets and presentations please see the Research and CV tabs.
Chancellor's Fellowship for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2020-2021)
Public Scholarship Faculty Fellowship, UC Davis Office of Public Scholarship and Engagement (2020-2021)
ACCELERATE Faculty Fellowship, Center for Educational Effectiveness, UC Davis (2021)
Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland (2019)
Global Curriculum Enhancement, Global Affairs, UC Davis (2018-2019)
Engaged Learning & Teaching Community Fellowship, Center for Educational Effectiveness, UC Davis (2018)
Early Career Award, International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), 2021
Honorable Mention, The Section on Environment and Technology Marvin E. Olsen Student Paper Award, American Sociological Association, 2016
Shelley Coverman Memorial Award from the Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University, 2015
Hoffman Award for Excellence in the study of German Language, Hunter College, 2012
Edward A. White Award for excellence in American Studies, Claremont Colleges, 2008
Fulbright Honorable Mention, Southeast Asia, 2008