I am an Environmental Psychologist and am currently an Assistant Professor in Residence in the History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences concentration at the Rhode Island School of Design.

My research and writing focuses on how people make sense of places that they care about as things change. I am guided by an overarching question: How do place attachments (emotions, meanings, dependencies) show up in the context of change? What place attachments are supported by systems (political, economic, social, etc.) to be resilient to change and where are opportunities to expand / rework / break down systems to move beyond the status quo? 

See my dissertation for an example of what I mean:

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

In addition to research and writing, I co-facilitate a community design studio, the CityWorks Program @ DownCity Design.