I'm an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where I teach classes on the sociology of race and racism, environmental sociology, and global environmental inequality.
I grew up in rural Oregon, and I've had the fortune to experience a wide range of cultures and places. After finishing BAs in film production and international relations at the University of Southern California, I moved to Paris for a year, and then joined the Peace Corps. As a volunteer, I worked with farmers in Mali, West Africa, and discovered my passion for the puzzles of food, sustainability, and justice.
This interest took me to Geneva, Switzerland, where I completed a Masters degree in Sustainable Development at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. I spent several summers biking across France as a trip leader for Backroads before returning to the U.S. to pursue a PhD in Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder.
I’ve worked with some of the richest and poorest people on the planet, and these experiences have taught me about our shared humanity as well as our staggering inequalities. As a writer and scholar, I want to shed light on how those inequalities get produced, and how we justify them. Most importantly, my work aims to contribute to building a more just and sustainable world.