IMG_5876I am an anthropologist who works at the intersection of Native American and Indigenous Studies, political economy, and critical environmental anthropology in my research on contemporary land use and understandings of private property and federal lands in the Eastern Mojave Desert. My interests span the breadth of environmental issues in the California desert, from Coachella Valley date production to land management under the Endangered Species Act; from graffiti removal to cultural heritage programs for Native American youth.

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 extensively with the Coachella Valley History Museum as a volunteer archivist and curator.