I am a sixth year sociology Ph.D. candidate at the University of California Santa Cruz. My research weaves together critical food studies, legal and human geographies, and urban studies to interrogate to the food desert concept. With an eye to the colonial histories invoked by this concept and the modern ways it is made spatially and legally meaningful, I attend to the manifold roles ‘food desert’ metaphor plays in urban transformation.
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.
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