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I am an interdisciplinary-trained scholar interested in natural resource governance in arid to semi-arid climates, especially in low to middle-income communities in the US and globally.

As a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, I am involved in a suite of research topics related to food systems, environmental governance, impacts of climate change on small-scale land holders, household-level decision-making, and rural-urban food security in Kenya and Zambia. I am part of a multi-institutional team, working under an NSF-funded Smallholder Livelihoods and Global Food Security project.

I have a PhD in Environmental Science and Policy from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, where I wrote my dissertation about the collective maintenance and management of irrigation systems in Tajikistan. I also hold a BA in International Studies and Russian & Slavic Studies from the University of Arizona.