I am an environmental anthropologist and interdisciplinary social scientist who partners with communities to examine how Indigenous Peoples, Traditional Peoples, and Local Communities’ livelihoods and well-being can be sustained and to identify the pathways that shape just futures. I prioritize STEAM education as a critical space for youth to engage with, especially indigenous youth and women. I joined the Purdue Faculty in 2009 and am an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Associate Director of the Center for the Environment. I am thrilled to be part of the Critical Data Studies Collective as well as affiliate faculty in the American Studies, Human Rights, and Latin American and Latino Studies programs and certificates on campus. I am committed to feminist, antiracist, and decolonizing scholarship.
Using a feminist political ecology framework, I map out historical and spatial inequalities and injustices and highlight pathways for self-determination and sovereignty in the context of acute change.
In all of my work I stitch together insights from engaged anthropology and visual anthropology to create collaborative and meaningful projects. In addition to environmental anthropology, I find kinship with decolonizing approaches to research inquiry alongside insights from cultural geography, Indigenous studies, and Latin American studies.
I have partnered with the Kayapó, an indigenous community in Brazil, for over ten years and am currently working on team-based and community-driven projects around the United States, in Latin America, and throughout the globe on “media sovereignty” and digital landscapes, environmental justice, and community resilience and healing.
I am dedicated to opening the academy and providing undergraduate and graduate students fruitful and productive experiences to thrive in the multicultural and interconnected world in which they live and work.
Feminist Political Ecology | Decolonizing Research and Praxis | Environmental Justice | Indigenous Activism and Rights | Engaged Anthropology | Visual and Digital Anthropology | Critical Data Studies