Questions about the governance of resources, the trajectories of agrarian change, and the political economy of development drive my research. I am a feminist scholar whose commitment to environmental justice manifests in research questions that interrogate intersectional resource access; participatory methodologies that highlight marginalized voices; and public scholarship that advocates for more equitable policy. I use collaborative approaches and new digital methodologies alongside the traditional tools of interviews, participant observation, household surveys, and document analysis in order to understand environmental politics and agrarian change in the digital age. My interdisciplinary research portfolio contributes to current debates in environmental studies, geography and global development theory and practice.
I am currently working on a book tentatively titled, ‘The Peasant and Her Smartphone: Land Politics and Agrarian Change in Myanmar,’ and a series of projects that investigate how diverse actors harness digital tools to reshape relations between people and environments. I am PI of a new research project on digital cultures and exclusion in Myanmar, funded by an independent award from Facebook Research.
2020 PhD. Development Sociology, Cornell University
2017 MSc. Development Sociology, Cornell University
2013 Master of Environmental Management, Yale University
2011 BA. Environmental Studies with Honors in the Major, Yale University
Research Interests / Specializations:
political ecology, agrarian studies, digital geography, political economy of development, feminist theory, participatory methods, critical ethnography, Myanmar, Southeast Asia
In press. ‘After the Rice Frontier: Producing State and Ethnic Territory in Northwest Myanmar,’ Geopolitics.
2020 ‘New Data Infrastructures for Environmental Monitoring in Myanmar: Is digital transparency good for governance?’ with Jenny E Goldstein. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. Published online July 24 2020.
2020 ‘Securing Meaningful Life: Women’s Work and Land Rights in Rural Myanmar,’ Journal of Rural Studies. 76:76-84.
2017 ‘In the Law & On the Land: Finding the Female Farmer in Myanmar’s National Land Use Policy,’ The Journal of Peasant Studies, 44(6):1197-1214.
2014 ‘Waking the Watchdog: Needs, Opportunities, and Challenges of Environmental Advocacy in Modern Bhutan,’ Himalaya: The Journal for the Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies, 33(1):57-70.
Honors and Awards
2020 Graduate Student Paper Award from Association of American Geographers’ Political Geography Specialty Group (‘Performing Property After Authoritarian Rule’)
2020 Stan Brunn Paper Award (3rd Place) from Association of American Geographers’ Media & Communication Specialty Group (‘Welcome to the Digital Village’)
2019 Taietz Award for best graduate conference paper in Cornell’s Department of Development Sociology
2011 Howard R. Lamar Prize for best Yale undergraduate thesis on the American West
2020, Spring. #Development: Environment, Tech and Global Change. Cornell University. (Instructor)
2019, Summer. #Development: Environment, Tech and Global Change. Cornell University. (Instructor)