Ph.D., Oregon State University, 2018, Forest Ecosystems and Society
M.A., University of Kent, 2009, Environmental Anthropology
B.S., University of Minnesota, 2007, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies
B.A., University of Minnesota, 2007, Anthropology
Areas of Expertise
Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Policy Implementation, Social Science Research Methods
Areas of Interest
I am primarily interested in how natural resource management is performed at the ground level and how to improve it. Specifically, my work explores how complex – and sometimes contradictory policies – are understood and carried out by the “street-level bureaucrats” and front-line workers responsible for their implementation. Along these lines, my applied research also includes efforts to improve collaboration among natural resource workers who are often trained in different academic disciplines, speak different disciplinary languages, and hold different assumptions about the limits of their – and others’ – perspectives on land management. Ultimately, my hope is to creatively apply of the insights of philosophy and the humanities to improve inter- and transdisciplinarity in natural resource management contexts while using rigorous social science methods to assess such applications.