I study cultural anthropology in the School of Anthropology and am pursuing a graduate minor in global change. I have also completed the Certificate in College Teaching Program through the University of Arizona's Office of Instruction and Assessment.
I work in Mongolia, where I have a background as a Peace Corps volunteer. I study the politics of risk and responsibility in relation to increasing environmental challenges facing the herding livelihood. My focus is on herders' and other stakeholders' responses to unusually severe winters. I have also carried out research on pastoralism, drought, and development in Niger. I teach ecological anthropology and political ecology. I look forward to designing further courses dealing with cultural anthropology, rural livelihoods, and global processes, and to introducing students to ethnographic fieldwork.