My work intersects critical agrarian studies, political economy, and economic anthropology. I conduct research on farms and in agriculture-adjacent spaces in the United States in order to understand how our social and political worlds impact food production. My interests include alternative economies, human-environment relations, resilient agricultural systems, the political economies of industrial agriculture, narrative, and ethnographic research methods.
I believe that longitudinal, connected ethnographic research cultivates unique insights into how food systems function and change. I have been researching and working in Iowa agriculture since 2008. After graduating from Grinnell College, I worked on farms 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.
I am currently a President's Postdoctoral Scholar at The Ohio State University in the School of Environment and Natural Resources.