I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley where I study environmental politics. My research interests span cultural sociology, social and political theory, science and technology studies, environmental sociology, political sociology, economic sociology, and law and society.
I am interested in how “nature” is configured as a moral and political object, particularly in times of crisis. My primary 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 history of the concept of nature, sovereign credit ratings and moral classifications, and ecological citizenship.
My research has been published or is forthcoming in Science as Culture, Citizenship Studies, Ethics, Policy, and Environment, The Berkeley Journal of Sociology, and The New Handbook of Political Sociology (Cambridge University Press). Additional research is currently under review. I was a 2017-18 Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law & Society.
My article, “Hydraulic Society and a ‘Stupid Little Fish’: Toward a Historical Ontology of the Nonhuman” (accepted with changes at Theory and Society) was awarded the 2017 American Sociological Association Animals and Society Section’s Jane Goodall Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Scholarship, the 2017 Herbert Blumer Prize for the best paper written by a UC Berkeley sociology graduate student, and UC Berkeley’s 2018 Leo Lowenthal Prize.
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