I am Director of the Center for Climate Action and Sustainability and faculty at The Evergreen State College. My work focuses on environmental politics and governance. My current research explores (1) policy and activism for just energy transitions and (2) the urban politics of climate adaptation. My research and writing has been published in Political Geography, Urban Geography, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, Local Environment, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, Futures, and more.
From 2020-2023, in a project funded by the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies, I will be studying the way small to medium sized cities in the Gulf Coast region are preparing for climate hazards (led by Maria Carmen Lemos at GLISA).
From 2020-2022, I am working with the team at RESTING SAFE on a newly awarded NSF Advancing Informal Science Learning grant to develop and test an environmental monitoring toolkit in collaboration with houseless rest areas communities and activists.
Previously, I was Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma. In 2020-2021, I was an OU Humanities Forum Fellow for a project exploring anti-pipeline activism in the US and Canada. I was also a post-doctoral fellow with re-Engineered at ASU where I worked with a team of researchers studying the way engineers and scientists are activated to collaborate with environmental justice groups.
I am the Chair of the Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. We are interested in organizing new events, activities, and awards, so please get in touch if you have any ideas to share.