I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, at Rutgers University. 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 and the
integration of survey data with ecological models of Great Lakes ecosystems. I am also using longitudinal data from the U.S.
Census of Agriculture to understand how local food systems have changed over time, and working with NJ Audubon and researchers at Ohio State and the College of Wooster to explore what makes farm
conservation and crop diversification programs most effective.
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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