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 is 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 the “Research” section of this website or see my Academia.edu page.
At UA, I developed new coursework focused on socio-environmental justice and human rights in addition publishing and advancing my book manuscript. I am also an active member of the UA Public Political Ecology Lab, working with Tracey Osborne to advance scholarship on public research, political ecology praxis, and critical environmental justice.
At UF, I offer courses on human rights, environmental justice, and environmental change 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. Complementing my primary appointment in LAS, I am a core faculty member in the Tropical Conservation and Development Program, 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 like the Mateel Community Center, grassroots initiatives to support social justice and the Thoya-Oya Children’s Center in Kenya, and volunteered with American Red Cross to provide disaster relief for Hurricane Katrina victims. I have 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 that provided educational opportunities for at-risk youth. Thus service, community-based organizing experience, and intercultural communication inform both my field research and classroom teaching.
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.