Broadly speaking, I am a hazards researcher focused on how recovery processes (re)shape places. More specifically, I am interested in the role vulnerability and resilience discourses, affordable housing policies, and community planning processes play in displacement and dispossession outcomes. I engage scholarship across political ecology, disaster capitalism, and urban planning.
My recent (and ongoing) research has examined:
Disaster vulnerability and recovery in the Houston-Galveston region;
House (under)insurance and bushfire risk in Greater Melbourne (AUS); and
Opioid use and place vulnerability in Appalachian communities (New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia).
My scholarship is applied in nature, driven by professional experiences as a disaster recovery planner (Houston), clinical researcher (PSU College of Medicine), and crisis counselor (Utah).