ABOUT

I am an applied researcher with over eight years of qualitative and quantitative experience investigating global change and livelihood sustainability in the rural Caribbean (Dominica, St. Vincent, and St. Lucia).

Subject matter expertise: human dimensions of global change, social-ecological systems, sustainable livelihoods, smallholder agriculture, agroecology and agroforestry, local food systems and food sovereignty, gender equity, international development, environmental policy, disaster recovery, climate change, island ecologies, and Caribbean cultures.

Methodological and multimedia skills: ethnography, mixed-methods, grant-writing, GIS and spatial analysis, agent based modeling, adaptive system design and collaborative modeling, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, team leadership, supervision, and training, multi-sited/comparative study design, applied and collaborative methodologies, photography and videography, web and graphic design.

Teaching experience: course development and management, lecturing, e-learning, active learning pedagogy, and undergraduate mentoring.

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Large Grants and Fellowships

Other Grants and Awards

  • Student Achievement Award for best original research in an applied context for the article “GIS as a bridge across the digital divide” (2020), National Association for the Practice of Anthropology
  • Harold K. Schneider Graduate Student Paper Prize (2016), Society for Economic Anthropology, American Anthropological Association
  • Summer Research Award, Institute of African American Research (2016), UNC
  • Tinker Field Research Grant, Institute for the Study of the Americas (2016), UNC
  • Pre-dissertation Exploration Award, Center for Global Initiatives (2016), UNC
  • Harriet J. Kupferer Summer Research Award, Department of Anthropology (2016), UNC
  • National Science Foundation Summer Institute for Research Design (2014)
  • Field Language Acquisition Award, Department of Anthropology (2014), UO
  • Graduate Research Grant, Food Studies Program (2013), UO
  • Seed Grant for Research Groups, Center for Latin@ and Latin American Studies (2013), UO
  • Graduate Student Research Award, Center for the Study of Women in Society (2013), UO
  • Department Research Awards, Department of Anthropology (2011-13), UO

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology, Focus: Human Biology, Ecology, and Evolution
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Defense: December 2021; Degree to be Awarded: May 2022
Dissertation Topic: Sustainable Transitions in Agricultural Livelihoods: Global Change and Local Food Production in Dominica

Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, 2012
University of Oregon
Master’s Paper: The Problem of Women’s Work: Gender and the Agrarian Economy in the Commonwealth of Dominica

Bachelor of Arts, Magna cum laude in Cultural Anthropology, 2005
Washington University in St. Louis
Honor’s Thesis: Imagining taste: culinary identity and the modernization of produits de terroir in France

Additional Information

For more information on my academic accomplishments and experience, Access my CV