US West

Hello!

I am a sociologist currently working as a research associate at Colorado State University. Recently, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability in New Zealand. I am originally from Colorado where I have been deeply involved in a variety of community-based projects such as community gardens, cooperatives, and urban agriculture collaborations. Before this, I was a Peace Corps agroforestry extension agent in Malawi. My research is concerned with how groups of people work to improve the environment, food, agriculture, and community, and the struggles and successes therein. This primarily includes:

  • Studying the socio-cultural values, identities, and practices enacted in environmental, food, and agriculture improvement efforts;

  • Investigating the ways groups of people work to achieve (and neglect) justice, fairness, and equity in environmental, food, and agriculture arrangements;

  • Explaining the socio-cultural, economic, and political connections between day-to-day interactions and regional and global environmental, food, and agriculture patterns;

  • And infusing sociological theory and methods into interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral work.