I'm currently an assistant professor of sociology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where I teach classes on race and ethnicity and global environmental issues.
I grew up in rural Oregon, and I've had the fortune to experience a diverse 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, and finally moved back to the U.S. to pursue a PhD. 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.