I am an environmental policy professional and researcher living in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. I work on air quality, particularly as it pertains to transportation. I am a graduate of the MA program in Global Environmental Policy at the American University School of International Service.
My research has focused on the environmental dynamics of conflict/peacebuilding and disasters. Additionally, I am interested in climate change, political ecology, and the environmental issues facing South Asia. In particular, I investigate how socioeconomic inequalities and structures of dominance generate human vulnerability to environmental shocks, as well has how vulnerable communities harness their inherent adaptive capacities and coping mechanisms to deal with stress and change.
I received my BA in political science and history from Baldwin-Wallace College (currently Baldwin Wallace University) in Berea, Ohio in 2009. While at BW, I spent spring semester in 2009 studying international relations and human rights law in Geneva, Switzerland. I also served as an intern at the International Commission of Jurists, where I explored how victims of human rights abuses by multinational corporations could seek legal redress. My time in Geneva helped to broaden my horizons, concentrate my focus on the environment, and spark a love of travel and cross-cultural communications.
I have been involved with a number of organizations working on the issues, including Bike Cleveland, Clevelanders for Public Transit, Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc, and the Northeast Ohio Sierra Club. I am also the co-founder of the Cleveland Refugee Bike Project.