I am a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and a Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow 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 endangered species conservation and water management and California. Other research topics past and present include the diffusion of scholarly knowledge, 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 CultureCitizenship StudiesEthics, Policy, and EnvironmentThe Berkeley Journal of Sociology, and The New Handbook of Political Sociology (Cambridge University Press). Additional research is currently under review.

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.