As an interdisciplinary researcher, I explore social sites and cultural forms of contemporary environmental change, mostly in United States. Generally, my work attempts to understand how ecological imaginaries are connected to environmental practice. In particular, I study scientists and artists as they imagine a planet without nature. For me, inquiry often begins with modern eco-theory and moves toward testing its ideas and assumptions through ethnographic description and cultural criticism. As a rule of thumb, my scholarship aims to be theoretically driven, empirically curious, and critically situated.
I hold a B.A. in Environmental Studies-Literature, from Whitman College and an M.A. in English from the University of Nevada, Reno where I studied in the Literature and Environment track and taught in the Core Writing Program. In 2009-2010, I also taught at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. At Stanford, I have helped to organize the Environmental Humanities Project and I have taught in the programs in Writing and Rhetoric and Science, Technology, and Society.