I am a researcher and recent graduate of the doctoral program in Environmental Psychology at the City University of New York, Graduate Center and am presently a Lecturer in the History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences concentration at the Rhode Island School of Design, a parks researcher consultant, and a co-facilitator of the newly launched CityWorks Program @ DownCity Design. 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.
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).