I am a geographer interested in the material politics of resource extraction. Working at the intersection of political economy, science and technology studies, and the cultural politics of nature, I explore the relationship between the grounded practices of resource extraction and the reproduction of racialized, colonial, and gendered national politics.
Originally from the northern town of Barrhead, Canada, I have been working in Latin America for the last decade. Since 2012, I have been studying the history and politics of tin mining cooperatives in highland Bolivia. Previously, I studied water politics in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Fair Trade craft certification across Latin America (Ecuador, Argentina, and Panama).
I have been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Rutgers University since Fall 2019. Prior to that, I completed my PhD in Geography at UC Berkeley, where my work was funded by a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, a SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship, and a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.