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. While I hold two disciplinary degrees and am a human geographer, my academic training and approach to research and teaching are thoroughly interdisciplinary.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Center for Latin American Studies (LAS) at the University of Florida (UF), following my Postdoctoral Research Associate position with the University of Arizona (UA) Center for Latin American Studies. 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.
At UF, I offer courses on human rights, environmental justice, political ecology, and Indigenous politics with a focus on Latin America. Additionally, I continue to develop my book project, Disrupting the Patrón, with proposal submissions planned in 2019. 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 fasted disappearing forest frontiers, South America’s Gran Chaco (Paraguay, Bolivia, & Argentina). Complementing my primary appointment in LAS at UF, I am a core faculty member in both the Tropical Conservation and Development and Masters in Sustainable Development Practice Programs. coordinator of the Indigenous Studies Specialization for the Masters in Latin American Studies Program, and affiliate faculty member of both 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 like the Thoya-Oya Children’s Center in Kenya, Mateel Community Center in Northern California, among others. I also 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), forever “trying” to learn the banjo, digging around in the garden, or, depending on the weather, drinking tereré or mate.