B.A. in Integral Studies Saint Mary's College of CA, 1999
M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing at Saint Mary's College of CA, 2006
PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley April, 2015
My research primarily focuses on agro-food systems at national and global scales primarily through the lenses of Political Ecology and Science and Technology Studies (STS). My dissertation contributes to broader discussions on honeybee health and vulnerability through an investigation of how commercial beekeepers have changed their management practices as the almond industry--most commercial beekeepers' primary source of pollination revenue--has expanded five-fold over the past two decades. My methods include in-depth interviews and surveys, as well as analysis of historical documents and agricultural statistics.
2013 Summer Fellow; Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley.
FLAS language grant for Indonesian, 2012-2013.
Top Influential 40 Women Graduates award for Saint Mary’s College.
Tomorrow’s Leaders Award, Featured in November 2008 Oprah Magazine.
Fulbright Recipient to the Philippines, Jan.-Aug. 2007
Stewart Norene Scholarship for Literary Excellence, 2005-2006.
Santa Barbara Foundation Writer’s Scholarship, 2005-2006.
De La Salle Award, awarded May 1999.
Saint Mary’s College Writing Scholarship, 1995-96.
Geography 130: Food and the Environment. Spring 2014. Food writing course: “Eat Your Words: Adventures in Food Writing for the Epicurious.” Saint Mary’s College of California. Jan Term 2011-2014. Seminar Lecturer: Greek Thought and Renaissance Thought. Saint Mary's College. Fall 2011-Spring 2012. Lecturer in English Composition. Saint Mary's College, Metropolitan State University, and Red Rocks Community College. 2006-2011.
Mailing addressDepartment of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
130 Mulford Hall #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720