I am a researcher and recent graduate of the doctoral program in Environmental Psychology at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. My research is on the social spatialization of public spaces, especially public parks, and beaches. I seek to contribute to a critically oriented perspective of people, parks, and the coast. I do this primarily through ethnographic research (interviews, participant observation, and archival research), but I am also interested in mixed methods and participatory approaches — approaches that can help to work with, push against or upend unjust policies or management approaches.

Beaches, People, and Change: A Political Ecology of Rockaway Beach Of Rockaway Beach After Hurricane Sandy

I recently completed a post-doctoral appointment in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. In that role I conducted research on urban environmental education with the Civic Ecology Lab (PI, Marianne Krasny) and investigated participatory visioning as a research associate on, Visionmaker: Jamaica Bay, part of the research done within the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (PI, Shorna Allred).

I am part of two wonderful communities of emerging scholars: the Totten Fellows (NYC Urban Field Station) and the Nature, Ecology & Society Network.

Presently, I am a Lecturer in the History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences concentration at the Rhode Island School of Design.