I am an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in human geography (PhD, 2016, University of Kansas) and urban studies (MUS, 2008, Portland State University). I consider myself an applied researcher with expertise in community, political, cultural, coastal/marine, regional, and environmental geographies, among other fields. I have diverse interests that include, but are not limited to:
- people-place relationships and human-environment interactions (e.g., sense of place, attachment, identity, meaning, place-based behaviors, toponymy);
- human dimensions of fisheries, wildlife, natural resource, and shoreline management;
- built-natural environment interactions (e.g., infrastructure);
- human well-being and community development;
- citizenship (e.g., civic capacity, naturalization, integration, civic engagement, belonging, and nonprofit sector);
- governance, public policy, and power (e.g., environmental, urban, transboundary, and regional);
- migration (e.g., policy, identity, inclusion/exclusion, refugee resettlement);
- justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (e.g., landscape in/justice); and
- theory and methods (e.g. community-based participatory research).
Much of my work has regionally focused on Eurasia (Baltic Sea Region) and the Pacific Northwest (Salish Sea Region). While my work is interdisciplinary, much of it seeks to untangle the complex relationships between people and place. As a community-oriented, place-based, and policy-driven professional with nonprofit, academic, and public service experience, I seek to explore and create more equitable and vibrant communities, particularly at the local scale.
On this site, you will find my publications (with links), information about my current work, and media. If you are interested in my research or work, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Here, you can find a version of my CV.
Orcid ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1402-4137
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