I am an anthropologist who works at the intersection of political economy, critical environmental anthropology, historical anthropology, and Native American and Indigenous Studies in my research on contemporary land use and understandings of private property and federal lands in the San Bernardino County portion of the Eastern Mojave Desert. My interests span the breadth of historical and environmental issues in the California desert, including mining, renewable energy, grazing, off-highway vehicle use, and other land use debates.
I am a PhD candidate at the University of California-Berkeley and an Associate Scholar with the Native American Land Conservancy, an intertribal land trust that focuses on protecting and preserving land in Southeastern California. I have also worked with the Mojave Desert Land Trust and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society in the Morongo Basin. I have also worked with the Coachella Valley History Museum as a volunteer archivist and curator. I am an avid desert backpacker, hiker, and runner.