University of California, Berkeley; Doctoral Candidate. September 2011-present. Pomona College, Claremont, CA; B.A. Environmental Analysis; race, class, and gender. 2011.
Research Interests / Specializations:
Political Ecology, Feminist Science and Technology Studies, Queer Studies, Settler-Colonial Studies, Critical Natural History, Museum Studies, Pacific Northwest
I am studying as a political ecologist with concentrations in feminist science and technology studies and cultural and ethnic studies. I aim to think critically about the complex relationships between natural resource industry and sciences, race and identity, and the politics of representation. Specifically, I am working on research about the construction and contestation of "green environments" in Oregon. I strive to make connections between political economic analysis, scientific discourse, and the work of cultural institutions to open possibilities for equitable engagements with issues of land control. Currently I am developing a project that examines representations of “Nature” in museums, national parks, and interpretive centers in the Pacific Northwest and Western U.S. I aim to understand how these curated spaces provide opportunities for resilient social and ecological communities in the face of climate change, environmental injustice, and debates surrounding land control and what counts as a “Renewable resource” in the U.S. Prior to pursuing my doctoral degree, I worked with non-profits in Oregon, Southern California, and Argentina on issues at the crux of environmental justice, education, and outreach.
Honors and Awards
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow; May 2012-present. Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study. University of California, Berkeley; May 2011-present. Tinker Summer Research Grant. Center for Latin American Studies. University of California, Berkeley; May 2012. The Achievement Award in Environmental Analysis. Pomona College; May, 2011. Graduated Cum Laude. Pomona College, May 2011. Research Grant for Student Undergraduate Research Project. Pomona College; Summer 2010 Research Grant for Student Undergraduate Research Project. Pomona College; Summer 2009