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As a PhD candidate in the Environmental Sciences, Studies and Policy program at the University of Oregon I have had the unique opportunity to develop as an interdisciplinary scholar. While my primary academic field is Sociology, I have also worked closely with faculty from English, theater, and Native studies.

My current research projects follow two distinct lines of inquiry. The first is an analysis of LGBTQ+ involvement in environmental movements, work, and research, the second focuses on the relationship between environmental practices/movements/epistemologies and settler-colonialism.

This latter topic is central to my dissertation Dangerous Pipelines, Dangerous People: Colonial Ecological Violence and Discourses of Risk, which examines the role of public discourse and cultural production in shaping and maintaining settler-colonial aggresions in the face of Indigenous resistance to ecologically damaging projects (such as the No DAPL movement). This project also addresses questions of place, inter-group solidarity, militarization and public health.

I also teach courses in Sociology and Environmental Studies.