I am a second year sociology Ph.D. student at the University of California Santa Cruz. My research interests broadly explore critical food studies, feminist studies, environmental justice, gentrification, and settler colonialism.
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.
When school isn’t enough, I tend to find other ways to expand my learning and talents. I am a certified vinyasa yoga teacher and taught for five years before starting graduate school. I have also obtained my introductory sommelier certification and love to blind-taste wines as a party trick. In the past five years, I have taught myself to knit, made my own sourdough starter, began fermenting all sorts of foods and beverages, and most recently became an avid birder.