I am a educator, researcher, and collaborator interested in the intersection between people and the environment (i.e. water and sanitation) on multiple scales in high-income and low-income countries alike.
My current research as a doctoral student in sociology at University of California-Santa Cruz is focused on how the most marginalized community members (e.g. those living in precarious housing, those without homes, immigrants, migrants, refugees) in high-income urban areas are impacted by water and sanitation infrastructure social and environmental inequities. I also work as a teaching assistant for an online Water and Sanitation Justice course that I helped developed with a team of interdisciplinary scholars. In my free time, I am a board member for Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human working on urban toilet design and emergency sanitation in North America. I finished a Master of Arts degree in sociology at University of California-Santa Cruz and a Master of Science degree at Oregon State University in Water Resources Policy and Management with research on empowerment and gender equality in water and sanitation. I currently live in Central France with my partner and child.
My background strongly influenced my current trajectory. I grew up in a blended family with six children in the southeast United States. I held a variety of jobs to finance my own way through college, and am the only child in my family to obtain a university degree. This has always driven me to help others realize that they can also achieve their dreams. When I was twenty-one, I found an environmental education teaching position with AmeriCorps in Tennessee. It helped me realize my calling to work on environmental issues through education. Since then my experiences with governmental and non-governmental organizations have been diverse: sustainable agriculture and forest restoration in Central America; water-right permits in Washington; citizen-science and groundwater in Oregon; gender, water, and sanitation in India; and water and sanitation access for marginalized communities in France.
— All of my current research is dedicated to a close family member who has been chronically homeless for many years and all people who have been impacted by homelessness around the world. —