INTERESTS

Social movements, environmental conflicts, social inequality, settler-colonialism, identity and culture, sociology of emotions, social networks.

DISSERTATION RESEARCH

Dangerous Pipelines, Dangerous People: Colonial Ecological Violence and Discourses of Risk

This project uses textual analysis, cultural studies and topic modeling to examine the role of public discourse and cultural production in promoting settler colonialism, anti-indigenous sentiment, and environmental degradation. Dangerous Pipelines, Dangerous People advances two theoretical frames, the first being that of colonial ecological violence. This frame builds on work being done in Native studies, public health, and sociology and contends that settler-colonial mismanagement of ecology constitutes a particular form of violence against Indigenous peoples (this theory is briefly referenced in Norgaard, Reed, and Bacon, 2017). The second theoretical intervention is an illustration of the triadic relationship between settler colonialism, capitalism and traditional socio-ecologies. This triad engages with the well-developed analysis of capitalism in environmental sociology, while correcting the relative absence of attention to settler colonialism and the Indigenous peoples living within U.S. borders. Through content analysis, comparative historical methods, and network analysis the dissertation project advances these theories through a case study of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been an especially vivid display of the ongoing tensions between Indigenous people, the settler-colonial state, and private industry in the United States.

ONGOING and PAST RESEARCH PROJECTS

2016-ongoing Gender and Sexuality Diversity in Environmentalism.

This study looks at gender and sexuality diversity within environmentalism. This study is designed to deepen analyses of environmentalisms’ already acknowledged oppressive and liberatory capacities; promote additional understanding of how identity and culture function in social movements; contribute to discourses on gender, sexuality and environment; and potentially inspire environmental movements to integrate the concerns of LGBTQ+ people while addressing their unique vulnerabilities to environmental risk.


2012-ongoing Emotions and settler solidarity with the Winnemem Wintu

This study focused on the role of emotions in shaping solidarity participation and tactics. The research draws on participant observation and interviews with non-indigenous identified participants in the ongoing efforts by the Winnemem Wintu –a currently unrecognized tribe in Northern California– to assert their right to access culturally important places and resources.


2011-2012 Right-wing media framing of environmental concerns and feminism

This study draws on the transcripts of The Rush Limbaugh Show to illustrate how both claims of institutional oppression—in this case sexism—and claims of environmental/climate concern are met with some form of dismissal or denial.