I was a keynote speaker at Oregon State University's 2022 Grad Inspire event. Click on the photo for access to my talk!

Keynote address at Oregon State University's 2022 Grad Inspire Event. Click here to access my talk.

How can we make natural resource governance more collaborative, inclusive, and equitable?

Can participatory processes accommodate power disparities among stakeholders?

How do we do this work in an era with growing institutional distrust, hostility, and an increasing rural-urban divide?

Rivers and other bodies of water – especially those sited in transboundary locations – are increasingly contested venues where knowledge diversity and collaborative engagement are critical for the effective governance and sustainable management of water resources. Although we know a great deal about the rationale for and design of collaborative management and governance processes, the issue of how inclusive and equitable these processes remain puzzling for those who study, design, and sponsor collaborative engagement projects.

My research works from the interface of rural and environmental/natural resource sociology, natural resource governance, the sociology of food and agriculture, the science of stakeholder engagement, and theories of political polarization and rural conservatism to determine how we can make natural resource governance more collaborative, inclusive, and equitable. 


What are my research interests?

  • Community & Stakeholder Engagement

  • Environmental/Natural Resource Sociology

  • Participatory Research

  • U.S. Militias & Nostalgic Groups

  • Sociology of Food and Agriculture

  • Water & Society

Where have I published?

  • Climatic Change - 2018

  • Journal of Rural Studies - 2022

  • Nature Climate Change - 2020

  • Routledge Handbook of Gender and Agriculture - 2020 & 2020

  • Society & Natural Resources - 2021

Who has funded my research?

External Funding ($135,436)

  • United States Department of Agriculture 

    • National Institute of Food and Agriculture ($119,966)

    • Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education ($14,970)

  • National Science Foundation

    • Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) Program ($500)​

Internal Funding ($8,250)

  • Oregon State University

    • Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program ($1,000)

    • Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Creativity Program ($1,500)​

    • Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts Program ($2,000)

  • Pennsylvania State University

    • College of Agricultural Science ($3,000)​

    • Rural Sociology Cluster ($750)