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I am a first year sociology Ph.D. student at the University of California Santa Cruz.  My research explores the links between food access issues, food justice organizing and socioeconomic inequalities.  I am interested in researching the historic tributaries of the food justice movement across the United States, examining the geographic, political, economic, and cultural variances between these tributaries and their impact on the efficacy of local food justice organizing.

Prior to moving to Santa Cruz, I obtained my Juris Doctorate in 2013 from the University of Wisconsin Law School where I focused on International Law and International Environmental Law.  Upon graduating, I moved to Denver, Colorado and began working for a food justice non-profit, The GrowHaus, where I began exploring the social issues surrounding food access and food security.