PhD Student in Anthropology at Rutgers University
Higher Education | Greater New York City Area, US
I grew up on a farm in Central Virginia, and graduated Oberlin College in 2007 where I involved myself in teaching, labor organizing, co-operatives, and ecology management at the environmental studies center. I moved to NYC in February 2008, and worked as a political canvasser with the Working Families Party; I left the WFP to pursue a career in environmental activism.
In January 2009 I established a CSA in the Lower East Side and a larger umbrella group of urban agriculture initiatives called the NYC Food Project.
I obtained my M.A. in Climate and Society at Columbia University in 2010 where I studied climate change and its effects on human societies, specializing in environmental ethics and anthropology.
After earning my M.A., I helped to found a nonprofit based in NYC, The Human Impacts Institute. At the Hii I helped to develop outreach and advocacy programs, and directed the NYC Climate Coalition, a project designed to facilitate collaboration between area climate change organizations. I also worked as a consultant to several corporate sustainability departments, an educational if frustrating experience.
In the fall of 2011 I joined the Anthropology department at Rutgers University as a PhD student, focusing on settler colonialism and indigenous sovereignty, social movements and activism, and the constitution of alterity in the tar sands projects and pipelines of Alberta, Canada. I am an aspiring professor, writer, farmer, and an advocate for environmental justice.
I am an avid bicycle commuter, backcountry backpacker, musician, and cook, and practice vipassana meditation regularly.
Specialties: community organization, social media, horticulture, local agriculture, anti-racism, promotion and outreach, climate change, cultural studies, cultural theory, web development