About Me

jis conference

Presenting my research

I am a graduate of the MA program in Global Environmental Policy at the American University School of International Service currently living in Cleveland, Ohio with my fiancée and two cats, Smokey and Gigi (RIP Snowball). I work on air quality, particularly as it pertains to transportation.

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.

My work has appeared on GristNew Security Beat, Streetsblog, Scientific AmericanThe Center for Climate and Security, and Vox among others places.

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 am a Cleveland native who loves my city, despite its many flaws. Unlike too many people from this region, I acknowledge the flaws we face, head on, because failing to do so will only force lead to further stasis and stagnation. I am also the youngest of 5 children and have an even larger extended family. This experience has taught me to work as a peacemaker and to speak up for my beliefs, regardless of the potential consequences. I live in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood with my wife and two cats, Smokey and Gigi (RIP Snowball). In the long-term, I hope to pursue a career that will allow me to build upon my research and apply it on the ground, whether in a domestic or international setting.

snowball & smokey

Obligatory cat photo of Smokey (left) and Snowball (RIP,right).