Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Policy Studies

Vanderbilt University


I am an environmental sociologist at Vanderbilt University. My research and teaching address questions at the intersection of structural inequality, development processes, and environmental change. My work engages scholarship in the fields of environmental sociology, environmental justice, climate justice, critical theories of race, energy transitions and technological displacement, and socio-ecological systems. I currently teach Environment and Society, Environmental Inequality and Justice, and The Social Contexts of Public Policy.


  • Environmental Sociology
  • Environmental Justice
  • Climate Justice
  • Energy Use
  • Socio-ecological Systems


  • Ph.D in Sociology, 2018

    University of Oregon

  • MS in Sociology, 2015

    University of Oregon

  • BA in Poltics and Policy, 2013

    Washington State University



Assistant Professor

Vanderbilt University

Aug 2018 – Present Nashville, TN

Responsibilities include research, service and committee work, and teaching the following courses:

  • Environment and Society
  • Environmental Justice and Inequality
  • Social Contexts of Public Policy

Graduate Research Fellow

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)

Oct 2017 – Oct 2019 Annapolis, MD
Participated in research that sought opportunities for dynamic conservation action in agricultural landscapes to promote temporary ecological connectivity on critical life stage and migratory routes of neotropical migratory bird species.

Graduate Teaching Fellow

University of Oregon

Sep 2013 – May 2018 Eugene, OR

Responsibilities included research, graduate program service, serving as graduate assistant for various courses, and sole instructor of record for the following courses:

  • Social Science Statistics
  • Social Science Research Methods


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    Friday 1:00 to 2:00
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We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny…This is the inter-related structure of reality.- Martin Luther King, Jr. 1963