Department of Human Ecology
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources
As Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis, I am excited to continue my research into socio-environmental inequality, with an emphasis on feminist theories and methods.
My research areas include political economy and the environment, global and urban sustainability, gender and society, climate change and disasters, and mixed-methodologies. I have two main research lines: 1) applying theories of intersectionality to studies of the environment; and, 2) applying queer and feminist theories to policies and interventions around personal-based violence. My research continues to evolve in studying social vulnerability due to climate change related disasters and socio-environmental health in environmental justice communities.
I received my doctorate from the interdisciplinary City, Culture + Community program at Tulane University. In my dissertation, “Exposure to Environmental Hazards: Analyzing the Location and Distribution of Landfills across the contiguous United States,” I utilize quantitative, qualitative, and spatial methods to analyze relationships between social and environmental inequality at the sub-national level of analysis. I employ a feminist intersectionality approach for guiding research questions and hypothesis testing. This research is sponsored by a NSF grant (#1602813).
I received a B.A. in American Studies with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies from Scripps College of the Claremont Colleges Consortium. I received a M.A. in Social Ethics and Depth Psychology and Religion from Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in New York City.