I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. As a researcher and teacher, I work at the intersection of environmental, political, and cultural sociology. My current projects focus 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.
How do efforts to strengthen local food systems affect the environment? Can local food systems mitigate the impacts of social inequality for public health? My research addressing these questions was recently awarded a leveraging grant for a large-scale survey of farmers in the Midwest, interviews and ethnographic fieldwork with 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 coming to Rutgers, I was a Dow Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Erb
Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and the School of Natural Resources and Environment at
the University of Michigan, where I also received my Ph.D. in sociology. Outside academia, I have worked as an 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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