I am a doctoral candidate in geography at Clark University and specialize in the study of human-environment relations with a regional focus in Asia.

My research, teaching, and writing is guided by an overarching concern with how environmental and socio-cultural change intersects with processes of economic and political development. I am particularly interested in studying places experiencing rapid and/or radical change to understand how people make sense of and respond to conditions of uncertainty and transformation.

Mongolia has been at the heart of my educational and professional work for the last decade.  I have been involved in a range of independent and collaborative research projects in Mongolia, and also worked for a number of years in a leading Asia-focused travel company where I managed travel programs and gained experience in the private sector. 

I am currently writing my dissertation on the cultural and environmental stakes of Mongolia's very rapid shift to an extraction-based economy.  This research speaks to key issues and challenges associated with extraction-based economies, and examines how the expansion of mining activities and the promise of economic growth in Mongolia influences urban and rural livelihood dynamics, territorial politics, governance capabilities, and future possibilities. 

In my free time, I tweet about mining, Mongolia,
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