I am a fifth year sociology Ph.D. candidate at the University of California Santa Cruz. My research looks to understand how situated instances of food insecurity and so-called “food deserts” have been constructed across time and space and how those instances are linked to on-going projects of colonization.
I focus specifically on neighborhoods in North Denver and Milwaukee, linking colonization and the Colorado Gold Rush to modern day environmental degradation and gentrification. I explore the situated genealogy of food justice movements in order to interrogate manifestations of power, oppression, resistance and contestation within food movements as well as broader systemic processes.
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.