Welcome! I draw on the fields of urban studies, planning, and critical geography to focus on homelessness, social and environmental justice movements, climate and environmental politics, gentrification and displacement, and popular education. I use traditional social science and participatory action research approaches to investigate historical and present day processes of violence, oppression, and resistance. I also work with grassroots groups to intervene in urban socio-environmental change, as part of efforts to fight for more just green cities. Teaching is an integral part of all of my work, whether I am working with undergraduate students to design and conduct research or facilitating applied research with front-line communities.
I am currently a National Science Foundation-Postdoctoral Researcher, affiliated with the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon where I am working with Dr. Laura Pulido in the Critical Race Lab. My postdoctoral project, RESTING SAFE, is in collaboration with Right 2 Survive, a Portland-based grassroots group led by houseless and formerly houseless people. RESTING SAFE focuses on the environmental justice experiences of houseless people and the role of houseless-run communities in movements for more just cities.
I have a PhD in Urban Studies from the Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning at Portland State University, where I was a National Science Foundation-IGERT Fellow and Fellow-Mentor. I also have a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis & Clark College, and a BA in Spanish from the University of Portland. For the past fifteen years, I have taught in university classrooms, public middle and high schools, social service agencies catering to homeless youth, and a wide variety of community-based settings.
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