I am an environmental anthropologist and interdisciplinary social scientist who partners with communities to examine how local, mostly rural, livelihoods and well-being can be sustained and to identify the pathways that shape just futures. I also 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. I serve on the executive committee at the Center for the Environment and am thrilled to be an affiliate faculty in the American Studies, Human Rights, and Latin American and Latino Studies programs and certficates on campus.
Using a feminist political ecology framework, I map out spatial inequalities and injustices experienced by resource-dependent communities and highlight local creativity 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 projects around the United States, in Latin America, and throughout the globe on “media sovereignty” and digital landscapes, environmental justice and valuing nature, and community resilience and healing.
I am dedicated to 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 | Space and place | Environmental Justice | Indigenous Activism and Rights | Engaged Anthropology | Visual and Digital Anthropology