Welcome! I draw on the fields of environmental policy, 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, and often collaborate with biophysical scientists to take a truly interdisciplinary approach. I also work with grassroots groups to investigate and 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, green 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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