I am an environmental anthropologist, Dean’s Assistant Professor of Environment & Society and Anthropology at Brown University, and a former sustainable energy policy practitioner. My research explores how rooftop solar, “resiliency” microgrids, and other climate mitigation infrastructures simultaneously reinforce and upend entrenched structures of power as they materialize across long-standing race and class divisions in New York City. My research has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.
My scholarly and teaching interests include the anthropology of energy, environmental intersectionality and the co-production of race and nature, multispecies ethnography, climate justice and environmental justice, science and technology studies, affect theory, and the epistemological politics of climate mitigation efforts. I hold a B.A. in Development Studies from Brown University and a Ph.D in environmental anthropology from Yale University. My research and scholarly objectives are informed by my experience as a sustainable energy practitioner and advocate in New York for eight years prior to beginning my Ph.D.