I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. As part of a multi-institutional team under a NSF-funded Smallholder Livelihoods and Global Food Security project, I work on 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.
Broadly, I am interested in research on natural resource governance in arid to semi-arid lands, especially in low to middle-income communities in the US and globally. I am equally passionate about promoting informal and formal higher education opportunities to study the governance of natural resources.
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.