I am a writer and scholar with research interests in urban water issues, environmental and social justice, and environmental and postcolonial literature. I hold an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins and an M.A. in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I received my PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2014.
I currently have two long-term writing projects on my desk. The first emerges from 3 years of data collection I did during and after an urban water crisis in a mid-sized university town and will eventually become a book on public risk in urban water policy. The second project is a book of fiction emerging from my own experiences in working with a city alder on water policy in the Midwest and as a private citizen in the urban South.
In fall 2015, I will also be working with one of my students to create a prototype of an undergraduate environmental studies journal, which is scheduled to begin accepting submission in late spring 2016, with first online publication date in late fall 2016. If the journal thrives, I hope to continue to mentor students into academic online publishing.
Courses I currently teach
ENVS 11900 Introduction to Environmental Humanities (F, S).
ENVS 11200 Principles and Practices of Sustainability (F, sometimes S).
ENVS 36000 Topics in Environmental Humanities (S). The topics for 360 vary. In spring 2015, the topic for ENVS 36000 was environmental democracy—and focused on scientist advocacy and citizen activism in environmental issues. In spring 2016, the topic will be food and agriculture.