I teach courses that focus on environmental politics, postcolonial & feminist geographies, science and technology studies, development studies, and Latin American politics.
I am committed to training critical thinkers from a variety of backgrounds, and I keep my classes alive to the contemporary political stakes of theoretical and historical texts.
My students always teach me a lot, and I strive especially to meet the needs of nontraditional students, including but not limited to student parents, first generation students, returning students, and international students.
Graduate Teaching and Advising
Graduate-level teaching and advising is a top priority for me. Thanks to nominations from my grad students, I was awarded the Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award from the Rutgers School of Graduate Studies in 2022. Best award ever.
At Rutgers, I regularly teach the following graduate seminars:
If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please be aware that it will involve a lot of reading and writing - but it will be worth it. My courses combine cutting-edge scholarship with canonical texts, though I strive to continuously question what counts as canonical and why.
I am currently advising several graduate students (PhD and MA) working on topics that range from the labor and technopolitics of New Jersey warehouses to the queer political ecologies of Paraguayan eucalyptus plantations to the environmental history of frontiers in northern Colombia. I'm also a committee member for about a dozen other graduate students. I'm always open to inquiries from prospective students, and I encourage you to look at the "contact" page for advice on what to include in your inquiry.
Undergraduate Teaching and Advising
At Rutgers, I typically teach the following undergraduate courses:
I regularly hire undergraduate research assistants through the Rutgers Aresty Program, so please reach out if you are interested in applying for a position. I also advise undergraduate honors theses in the Geography Department and have been an advisor for the RISE summer program for undergraduate researchers.
The photos below are past Aresty RAs at their final poster sessions.
Prior to returning to academia, I worked as the Research Service-Learning Coordinator for the Hart Leadership Program at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy (2009-10). In this position, I mentored undergraduates through the process of designing and implementing research projects in collaboration with community partners in North Carolina and around the world. I remain committed to coaching students engaged in participatory and community-based research at Rutgers.