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  • Associate Professor, Sch Of Environ,Society&Sustain

Research Summary

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and have a joint position with Environmental and Sustainability Studies. I am also a faculty affiliate with the Global Change and Sustainability Center. My research draws on political ecology, environmental governance, resource geography, and landscape change science to examine diverse human-environment topics. I employ a variety of mixed-methods, including field measurements, spatial analysis, interviews, and content analysis.


  • BS, Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Mississippi
  • MA, Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • PhD, Geography, University of Texas at Austin


Prior to returning to academia and after receiving my BS, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia and was a high school biology teacher in Webb, Mississippi. Through those and other experiences in Latin America, I became deeply interested in exploring interrelationships among politics, society, culture, and environmental change. Geography provides an ideal set of tools and theories to do so.