Lecturer, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Geosciences
Honors and Awards
National Science Foundation DDRI award
Goldie Award for Arts and Activism
James D. Phelan award for Visual Arts/Filmmaking
The majority of my research has focused on the intersection of alternative agriculture, food systems and community economies.
My doctoral research examined how community supported agriculture (CSA) has cultivated economic creativity and innovation that is deeply linked to environmental and social ethics. This research also explores how various CSA-inspired community supported enterprises (CSEs), from community supported fisheries to community supported art programs are having similar stimulating effects on participants and their sense of economic possibility. After working with many community-based non-profits, my continual aspiration is to connect education to hands-on, personal experience. I hope my work can help inspire a strong sense of agency for cultivating new economic identities and possibilities.
Besides typical academic products (writing book chapters and articles), I also make documentary films. And in addition to alternative farming and food systems, other key interests of mine include: rethinking transportation towards a greater role for walking and bicycling, community engagement with renewable energy systems, and social/historical messaging within public art and popular media.