Digital Dissertation Fellowship

I am pleased to share that I have been awarded a Digital Dissertation Fellowship through the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This support will enable me to integrate many of the diverse data sources I have collected during fieldwork in Dominica and incorporate them into an online, interactive story map. The story map will explore how Dominica’s history and rural traditions are being utilized by farming communities to build alternative agricultural livelihoods in diverse forms of local food production.

PEO Scholar Award

I am pleased to share that I have received a PEO Scholar Award, which will fund my dissertation research for the 2018-19 academic year. I am thrilled to be joining this prestigious community of women scholars!

Invited Talk – Institute of African American Research

Please join me for my talk “Collapse or Transition? Visualizing Agricultural Alternatives in the Rural Caribbean” on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 12:45 pm at the Institute of African American Research (IAAR), Sonja Haynes Stone Center, UNC Chapel Hill Campus.

My lecture will report on the findings of my preliminary dissertation research in Dominica, which was generously funded by an IAAR Summer Research Grant. It examines how families in Dominica continue to cultivate sustainable livelihoods from farming despite growing global economic and environmental uncertainties.

Master’s Research Receives Honorable Mention

I am pleased to share that my paper “The Problem of Women’s Work: Engendering Contemporary Agrarian Transition in the Rural Caribbean,” which is based upon my Master’s research, received an Honorable Mention for the Harold K. Schneider Graduate Student Paper Prize from the American Anthropological Association’s Society for Economic Anthropology.

AAA Paper on Disaster, Climate Reslience, and Rural Livelihoods

I will be presenting my paper “What happens when your farm slides into the sea? Reconstituting local resilience amidst growing global realities of risk” at the upcoming American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN as part of the panel “Farming the Island: agriculture, islands, and global environmental change”.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Paper Abstract: Dominica is a rural island nation in the Eastern Caribbean. It has been classified as one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change due to a complex mixture of factors stemming from its geographic location, mountainous topography, and socio-economic settlement patterns. In recent years, the growing frequency of water-based hazards (torrential rains, floods, and hurricanes) has severely impacted many farming communities around the island. Smallholders in these communities supply a vibrant local food economy, which has proved quite resilient despite increasing global economic and environmental challenges to agriculture. Yet recent weather events have begun to bump up against the limits of this local resilience. In the summer of 2015 Tropical Storm Erika dumped massive amounts of rain on the island, which resulted in catastrophic mudslides and flooding. Many villages lost their connecting bridges and roads, while several coastal communities were decimated by landslides. These acute disaster events resulted in the mass displacement and relocation of households from established farming communities. This paper will explore how the island farm is being recreated under growing global realities of climate-based risk. Specifically, it will examine how new geographies of farming generated by weather related destruction and relocation present both challenges and opportunities for farmers and farming communities. When resilience thresholds are crossed, how are local farming livelihoods reconstituted?

AAA Paper on Sustainability and Local Food Production in Dominica

I will be presenting my paper “When Sustainabilities Collide: Organic vs. Local Agriculture in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Eastern Caribbean” at the upcoming American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC as part of the panel “Producing an Anthropology of ‘Sustainability’ Across Subfields”.

Date/Time: Friday, December 5, 2014 | 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM

B-CGIS Paper on Women’s Invisibility in Caribbean Agriculture

I will be presenting my paper “Gender, Food Security, and Agricultural Alternatives in the Commonwealth Caribbean” at the upcoming British-Caribbean Geographer’s International Seminar “The Caribbean Region: Adaptation and Resilience to Global Change” at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica.

Date/Time: June 23 -27, 2014