I'm a cultural anthropologist focusing on agriculture, food systems, and the environment. I earned a Ph.D. from Emory University in 2019 and was a President's Postdoctoral Scholar in Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University from 2019-2021. In 2021, I moved back to Atlanta to bring an anthropological perspective to the FACES Environmental Lab at Emory University.
My work intersects critical agrarian studies, political ecology, and environmental sciences, and I build interdisciplinary collaborations to find creative approaches to entrenched food system problems. Beyond agriculture, my scholarly and teaching interests include alternative economies, human-environment relations, policy and political economy, and ethnographic research methods.
I believe that longitudinal, connected research cultivates unique insights into how food systems function and change. I have been researching and working in U.S. agriculture since 2008. After graduating from Grinnell College, I worked on multiple farms in eastern Iowa and at the University of Northern Iowa to facilitate partnerships between local food producers and institutional buyers. I also spent several months conducting on-farm research in New Zealand.