About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Auburn University.

I am a sociologist who studies the relationships between people and their environmental surroundings, with the politics of justice weaving a common thread across my work. I often work with communities to counter pollution and inequality. I turn to theory and history to understand the larger structures that shape injustices.

Current Work

My forthcoming book studies the impact of profit motives on environmental problems and democracy in Burke County, Georgia, where two nuclear reactors are currently under construction.

I am currently working on projects on storms and climate change, farming laws, and landownership.

Research Methods

Participant Ethnography

I learn about society-environment relations by living in the place I am studying.

Interviews

I spend a large amount of my time interviewing people and discussing their lives and communities.

History & Policy

I connect what I’ve observed and heard about with historical sources of information like land records, legal proceeding, and news reports.

Teaching

I have taught a variety of courses that relate to environmental sociology and political theory, such as

  • Community Organization
  • Environment, Justice, and Society
  • Classical Sociological Theory
  • American Political Theory and the Rise of Neoliberalism
  • Sociology of Development

Learn More

To learn more about me, visit the Recent Releases and Publications pages. You can also download my Curriculum Vitae.