I am a Professor of Geography in the Sociology Department at Manhattan College. My US-based research includes sustainable agriculture in the Hudson River Valley of New York as well as blue collar scholars in advanced degree programs. My research outside the US gender in agroecosystems of the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta. My path to professorship was not direct, but long and winding.
My undergraduate studies at Tulane University spurred an interest in environmental justice issues, as I witnessed social inequity and environmental devastation throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. I completed a double major in three years, graduating cum laude and returning to the west coast to begin my ten year career in environmental consulting.
Professionally, I managed NEPA/CEQA document production and a variety of other environmental projects, culminating in a California-wide water quality project for PG&E. I conducted countless environmental awareness trainings and cross-trained in biology to further understand the nexus between policy and practice. I also authored proposals, helped guide company vision documents, and media relations pieces.
While working, I graduated with an M.S. in Environmental Management in 2009 from University of San Francisco. During my graduate studies, I focused on the science and mitigation of climate change, performing greenhouse gas inventories, resource management evaluations, and writing multi-faceted renewable energy policies. I also helped teach an Environmental Law and Policy course at San Francisco State University, which sparked my interest in teaching.
In 2010 I switched gears and became the Marketing and Development Manager at Andaman Discoveries, an ecotourism company in Phang Nga, Thailand. The experience was humbling and enriching, as I learned how powerful community networks and diversified incomes can be to bolster social resilience. It was also in Thailand that I discovered how climate change impacts are intensely gendered; and how livelihoods can empower social, ecological, and economic resilience.
Upon returning to the US, I taught high school biology and physics while I applied to PhD programs around the country. Teaching solidified my calling to educate the next generation of world citizens and to be on the cutting edge of research to help humanity survive climatic changes.
University of California, Santa Cruz
Ph.D., Environmental Studies, 2017
Dissertation Title: “Gendered Cropping Systems in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta”
University of San Francisco
M.S. Environmental Management, 2009
Thesis Title: “Green building in Haiti: Overcoming poverty, politics, and finance to adapt to climate change”
B.A. Environmental Policy, 2003
B.A. Communication, 2003
Awards & Grants
Awards & Grants
CGIAR Documenting Adoption of Natural Resource Management (NRM) Practices (2016-2017)
Hammett Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research on Climate Change and Water Issues (2014)
UCSC Environmental Studies Department Grant (2013, 2014)
UC Regents Fellowship (Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014)