top of page


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 and an increasing
rural-urban divide?

What are my research interests?

Who has funded my research?

  • Community & Stakeholder Engagement

  • Environmental/Natural Resource Sociology

  • Participatory Research

  • U.S. Militias & Nostalgic Groups

  • Sociology of Food and Agriculture

  • Water & Society

As a sociologist who studies the intersection between socio-political, environmental and natural resource systems, my research is focused on two linked areas: (1) examining how systems of privilege, power, and oppression manifest within resource management, governance, and agricultural institutions to produce inequities, and (2) investigating how collective action, public participation, and community resilience strategies manifest and affect the management of agricultural landscapes, natural resource use, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

Using qualitative, mixed methods, and community-based participatory research approaches, my research works from the interface of rural and environmental/natural resource sociology, natural resource governance, the sociology of food and agriculture, and the science of stakeholder engagement. 


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

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)

bottom of page