I am an Assistant Professor in the Center for Latin American Studies (LAS) at the University of Florida (UF). From 2017-2018, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the University of Arizona (UA). For information about my research or publications, please visit my faculty profile page, see the “Research” section of this website, or visit my Academia.edu page.
I hold a Ph.D. in Geography with Certificates in Development Studies and College Teaching from the University of Colorado, Boulder. My M.A. in Latin American Studies is from the University of Arizona and B.A. in Geography from Humboldt State University. I am a human geographer holding two disciplinary degrees, yet my academic training is thoroughly interdisciplinary– something apparent in my approach to research and teaching.
At UF, my research and teaching program center on the intersections of Indigenous politics, environmental justice, human rights, and development in Latin America. My book project–Disrupting the Patrón–builds from longstanding research with Enxet and Sanapana peoples with a focus on land politics in Paraguay’s Chaco. My new research project Frontiers of Environmental Justice investigates rapid deforestation and dramatic land-use change vis-a-vis Indigenous environmental (in)justice in one of the world’s most threatened forest frontiers–South America’s Gran Chaco (Paraguay, Bolivia, & Argentina).
Complementing my primary appointment at UF, I also coordinate the Indigenous Studies Specialization for the Masters in Latin American Studies Program. I am also Core Faculty in the Tropical Conservation and Development and Masters in Sustainable Development Practice Programs. I serve as a Faculty Affiliate with the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program and Department of Geography.
Before returning to academia, I worked with numerous community-based organizations and initiatives to support social justice, including the Thoya-Oya Children’s Center in Kenya, Mateel Community Center in Northern California, among others. I have served as a “Crop Extension” Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Paraguay and as an Americorps Volunteer with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s Marana Heritage Farm Project.
When not working, you can often find me on a kavaju piru (literally “skinny horse”, but actually a bicycle), running in the forest, digging around in the garden, or, depending on the weather, drinking tereré or mate.