I am a PhD student in the Anthropology Department at Rice University. My research interests include environmental activism, decolonization, Marxist theory and feminist anthropology, with a geographical focus on Appalachia. I am particularly interested in the potential of environmental justice as a new field of struggle in the wake of the collapse of the labor movement over the last several decades. In light of the historic role of white supremacy in undermining labor organizing efforts among poor and working-class people, my research pays particular attention to the ways that environmental justice activists in a predominantly white region confront whiteness in their struggles and work to build solidarity across lines of difference.
Prior to joining the department, I was an undergraduate in the Anthropology program at Illinois State University where I was awarded the Ed Jelks Outstanding Anthropology Senior Award. As an undergraduate I volunteered at and conducted fieldwork with Illinois People’s Action, a local community organizing non-profit. My work with the organization included performing outreach, community education, and planning and participating in protest actions. My honors thesis explored the emergence of activist subjectivities through experiences of oppression, and processes of subjectivation mobilized through activists’ social relationships.
When I am not on campus or doing activism, I can often be found playing tabletop games at my local game shop, or in Florida visiting my partner and our six chickens, three dogs and two birds.