I am a writer and scholar with research interests in urban water, environmental and social justice, and environmental and postcolonial literature. I hold an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins, a second M.A. in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi.
I currently have three long-term writing projects on my desk. The first emerges from 3 years of data collection during and after an urban water crisis in a mid-sized midwest town. I have presented pieces of this material and plan to eventually complete a nonfiction book on public risk in urban water policy. The second project is a novel emerging from my own experiences in working with a city alder on water policy and as a private citizen in the urban South. The third project is a short story collection emerging from my interests in the environment.
In fall 2015, my research students and I created a prototype undergraduate environmental issues online journal, Alluvian, which is scheduled to go live with its first issue late fall 2016. (Please "like" our Facebook page.) As the journal grows, I will be offering internships as well as continuing to supervise research students interested in online communication of environmental issues.
Alluvian alluvian.space/home and www.facebook.com/alluvianjournal/
Courses I currently teach
ENVS 11900 Introduction to Environmental Humanities (F, S).
ENVS 11200 Principles and Practices of Sustainability (F).
ENVS 36000 Advanced Topics in Environmental Humanities (S).
S2015: Environmental Democracy
S2017: Unnatural Disasters