New Appointment at Yale University

I am pleased to share that I have accepted a new position as Research Associate at the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) Advanced Research Centers at Yale University. My work at HRAF will utilize cross-cultural research methods to understand (1) how societies transform in relation to climate stresses and shocks and (2) identify the types of responses that promote and enhance resilience. This research is funded by the Minerva Research Initiative grant “Comprehensive Modeling of Cultural Transformations in Response to Shocks and Hazards Associated with Climate.”

Participatory GIS Research Receives National Award

I am pleased to share that my participatory GIS research has been recognized by the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology with a  Student Achievement Award for best original research in an applied context.

While conducting dissertation research in Dominica (2018-19), I engaged in a collaborative project with stakeholders in my research communities to build local capacity in geospatial technologies. Participants in this project learned how to collect and record spatial data and make digital maps using GIS technology. This effort is detailed in my forthcoming Practicing Anthropology article “GIS as a bridge across the digital divide: Engaging participatory methods to build capacity in research communities“.

Research Featured in Dominica Geographic

I’m thrilled to have my photographs and words featured on the cover of the latest issue of Dominica Geographic, Climate Edition. My article, “Seeds of Change: Farming Traditions and Climate Futures,” discusses the complex challenges farmers in Dominica face due to the combination of chronic economic problems and new climate variability.

Download the article as a PDF or visit the Dominica Geographic archives to access the complete magazine.



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!

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.