I am a dual-Ph.D. candidate in the Departments of Geography and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. My work uses participatory ethnography to understand the political economies of rural intentional communities. This research draws on feminist political economy, diverse economies, commons theory, and related disciplines as tools for investigating gendered labor dynamics, governance strategies, and embodiment in localized non-capitalist economies and worker cooperatives. In previous and ongoing projects, I bring queer and trans theories to geography, and intermittently with critical analyses of U.S.-based settler colonialism. Through this, I also engage with scholarship on rural imaginaries, womyn’s separatism, and settler sexuality. This is demonstrated in my recent article in ACME, which explores settler and transphobic discourses and rural imaginaries in separatist spaces.
I received my M.A. at Illinois State University in Cultural Anthropology, with a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies.