I am an interdisciplinary scholar interested in the politics of territorialization, environmental(ist) discourse, visual and sonic culture, and anti-colonial technologies. I examine articulations of nature, culture, and power to better understand how ongoing U.S. colonialisms structure environmental sciences and planning practices. My research and writing intersects the fields of political ecology, feminist and indigenous science and technology studies, and cultural geography.
My current project, Routing the Scenic: settler colonialist sense and environmental culture in the Columbia River Gorge, examines the historical legacy and quotidian production of US settler colonial violence through scientific practices. In this project, I historicize the emergence of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (1986) in a larger context of capital expansion, military industry, and colonialist ecologies from the late 1800s-present. Using ethnographic and archival methods, I show how scenic preservation—and the corresponding natural sciences and narratives that chart, measure, and demarcate scenery—is imbricated in the daily production of settler biologics and dispossession of Native lands throughout "Oregon Territory." My analyses shed light on the layered, but often mundane, infrastructures of violence in river basins while I also foreground the possibilities for anti-colonial spatial practices.
Two additional projects inform my scholarship and teaching. Both are collaborative. One is primarily ethnographic, and examines the production of queer ecologies with a lab of arachnologists who study jumping spider mating behavior. The second is pedagogical, and evaluates community-engaged (CE) STEM programs in academe and develops curriculum for teaching socially-situated sciences.
I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley in Environment and Society. I hold a BA in Environmental Studies: Race, Class, and Gender from Pomona College. My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, UC Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Race and Gender, Social Science Matrix and Tanada Endowed Fellowship in Entomology. I am an active member of the Graduate Diversity Council, Left Coast Political Ecology Network, and Nancy Peluso's Political Ecology "Land Lab."