I am an educator, researcher, and collaborator interested in the intersection of people and the environment (with specialization in water and sanitation) on multiple scales in high-income and low-income countries alike.
My research as a doctoral student in sociology at University of California-Santa Cruz 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 taught an online course on Water and Sanitation Justice that I helped developed with a team of interdisciplinary scholars there.
In my free time, I am a founding 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.
My background strongly influenced my current trajectory. 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. When I was twenty-one, I realized my calling to work in environmental education through a teaching position with AmeriCorps in Tennessee. 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.