My research and teaching program centers on the intersections of Indigenous politics, environmental justice, human rights, and the politics of conservation and development in Latin America.

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado USA (ColoState). At ColoState, I am co-Director of a new transdisicplinary initiative: the Just Social-Ecological Transitions in Latin America Program (JSET).

JSET is a community of academics, practitioners, and students working in, of, and from Latin America who seek to create new approaches to enduring social-environmental challenges by centering justice in that work. We are a collective of human geographers, interdisciplinary ecologists, economists, biologists, hydrologists, foresters, ecologists, ecosystem scientists, sustainability scholars, Center Directors, and more who believe that collaborative, integrative applied research is necessary to confront the ongoing climate, environmental, social, economic, and biodiversity challenges Latin America confronts. We are building a community of practice where diversity, equity, and inclusion drive our decision making and approach. Aside from JSET, I am also PI of the Just Climate and Environmental Futures Lab (website under development).

As a publicly-engaged scholar, I strive to leverage research as a tool to inform academic and popular knowledge while supporting more just futures. I am a human-environment geographer trained at the crossroads of political ecology, development geographies, and critical social theory who transgresses disciplinary boundaries through collaborative field-based studies, action research, and engaged teaching practice. Interested students should contact me for more information.

Before joining ColoState, I was an Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies and core faculty member in the Tropical Conservation and Development as well as the Masters of Sustainable Development Practice programs at the University of Florida (August 2018 – December 2022). I was also a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Arizona (UA). My PhD in Geography is from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

If you are interested in more information about my research or publications, please visit my Google Scholar page, the “Research” section of this website, or my ResearchGate page.