Education & Curriculum Vitae
Ph.D. Yale University 2023 (Expected)
M.Phil. Yale University
M.E.Sc. Yale University
B.A. University of California, Davis
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the combined doctoral degree program between the School of the Environment and Department of Anthropology at Yale University. My work examines the cultural dynamics of environmental change in the American West. I study how rural and Indigenous communities are impacted by changing ecosystems tied to land-use practices, climate change, and settler colonialism.
My dissertation, The Ecology of Belonging: Cultural Dynamics of Environmental Change in the American West, examines how Indigenous and rural communities with strong cultural ties to landscapes and land-based practices are impacted by socioecological change in California and Nevada. It investigates changing configurations of plants and animals on landscapes as they intersect with the cultural practices of Indigenous peoples and ranchers on public lands by attending to experiences of social belonging and sense of place among rural communities and the role of environmental governance in managing novel ecosystems, cultural resources, and the restoration of native species. This project offers insight into the implications of land management and public lands policy for rural communities facing rapid socioecological change in the rural US West. It links material changes on the landscape to historical land management practices and shifting experiences of place that are affecting the land-based practices and cultural attachments that natural resource-dependent communities maintain with rural lands.
My work informs cutting-edge public lands policy and practice for diverse rural communities with strong cultural ties to landscapes across North America’s Intermountain West. My research methods draw from anthropology and the human environmental sciences, using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative approaches including: ethnography, household/social surveys, historical archives, field ecology, and spatial analysis.
My research is funded through Yale University and external grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, and University of California.
Keywords: conservation, culture and politics, environmental governance, environmental justice, ethnoecology, forestry and forest ecology, indigeneity, multispecies ethnography, political economy, ranching, settler colonialism.
Geographies: North America, United States, Native America, American West, California, Nevada.
See *new* work on the social impacts of Covid-19 on the rural US West: http//covidruralwest.org/