Welcome! After many inspiring years of teaching, I am delighted to share that I have started a new path as the Executive Director of Karuna Foundation in Portland, OR. While I am delighted to start a new chapter in my career, my research interests and commitments to the Himalaya region remain. Please feel free to reach out to me through this site to discuss these.
My research interests include political ecology, human-environment relations, social and environmental justice, conservation, international development, social theory, and religion. My recent projects focus on the role of cultural and spiritual values in participation in environmental and indigenous rights movements, managing resources, and adaptations to climate change. Focusing on the Eastern Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau, I use qualitative methodologies to consider the ways in which the interface between global environmental change science, indigenous animate lifeworlds, and Buddhist cosmologies shapes human-environment relations in terms of uneven resource access and management, environmental conservation, and adaptation to environmental change.
Ph.D. Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2015.
Certificate in Development Studies, 2013.
M.A. Geography, Portland State University, 2010.
M.S. Education: Policy, Foundations, and Administration, 2004.
B.A. Religious Studies, Lewis & Clark College, 2000.