My current research explores the linkages between rural and urban places through food and agricultural initiatives. I am particularly interested in how food can break down the urban/rural divide through the flow of goods, ideas, capital, and people.  


I teach courses in Food Systems, Rural Sociology, Community Development and Geography. Much like my research my courses engage with issues of power, economic development, political economy, governance, and social movements.


I work with non-profits and government agencies to identify economic development strategies, innovative land-use policies, and gaps in existing structures. Together, with stakeholders, I develop effective and sophisticated quantitative and qualitative data collection approaches to address complex problems.