I am a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley where I study environmental politics. I am interested in how “nature” is configured as a cultural, moral, and political object. My empirical focus is water management and endangered species conservation and recovery efforts in California. Other research topics past and present include field theory, the concept of nature in the history of western thought, sovereign credit ratings and moral classifications, and ecological citizenship.

My research has been published or is forthcoming in Science as Culture (2017), Citizenship Studies (2016), The Berkeley Journal of Sociology (2015), and The New Handbook of Political Sociology (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2018). Additional research is currently under review.

I am a 2017-18 Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society.

My article, “Hydraulic Society and a ‘Stupid Little Fish’: Toward a Historical Ontology of the Nonhuman” was awarded the 2017 American Sociological Association Animals and Society Section’s Jane Goodall Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Scholarship and the 2017 Herbert Blumer Prize for the best paper written by a UC Berkeley sociology graduate student.

Read more about my research here.