I hold a Dow Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. As a sociologist and interdisciplinary social scientist, my current work focuses on the environmental and social implications of local food systems, inequalities in access to fresh and healthy food, localization as a social movement, and challenges to developing a culture of sustainability at institutions of higher education.
My research on local food systems was recently awarded a leveraging grant from the University of Michigan Water Center. The grant will fund a large-scale survey of farmers in Great Lakes states, in-depth interviews and ethnographic fieldwork with a subsample of survey respondents, and the integration of survey and fieldwork data with models of Great Lakes ecosystems. I am also coordinating qualitative research for the USDA-funded Food Access in Michigan project (Dr. Dorceta Taylor, P.I.).
Before earning my Ph.D. in
sociology, I worked as a ecological field assistant in Arizona, a housekeeper and dishwasher in backcountry Alaska, a
reporter in upstate New York, and a fundraiser for non-profit groups in Chicago and Atlanta. I hold a master's degree in political science from Princeton, and a bachelor's degree from the
University of Chicago.
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