My primary areas of interest are in the political ecology and the political economy of large-scale environmental conservation projects. I am interested in the way in which environmental conservation is used as a tool for enacting larger political and economic projects, and aim to study the way in which government and environmental NGO’s have used the ecological concept of the watershed to extend the state’s economic and political sphere of influence in the Panama Canal watershed of Central America. Related to this project, I am interested in the concept of eco-tourism—how eco-tourism development projects bring forward competing concepts of a space (defined through ecology, history, politics, economy, etc.), the discourses through which these differences are mediated, and ways in which these compromises are translated to the landscape itself through ecological change.
I graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Anthropology, and have worked with AmeriCorps in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and in the non-profit conservation field as a restoration project manager and public policy advisor over the past several years.