I'm a geographer studying how to make urban neighborhoods and food systems healthier and more equitable. My broad interests are in urban development and inequality, geographic information systems, political geography, and place effects on health. More specifically, my research focuses on the role of maps and spatial analysis in shaping our understanding of hunger, housing, poverty, and neighborhood development. I'm also interested in the role of participatory research methods in mobilizing community action around these issues.
I am recruiting graduate students interested in studying disparities in access to food and housing, participatory and engaged research, and open source GIS tools. As a member of the Community Mapping Lab, students will gain experience with community engaged research as well as supervising and mentoring undergraduates. I am an active member of the Community Geographies Collaborative, which is also a specialty group in the AAG. I am most interested in working with students who have a demonstrated interest in community-based research. UGA provides four years of guaranteed funding for PhD students.
Currently, I anticipate funding for a Master's student to work with the SNAP-Ed program at UGA beginning in Fall 2024. Interested students should contact me directly for more information.
My current projects include the following:
Developing the field of community geography through leadership in the newly formed Community Geographies Collective and UGA's Community Mapping Lab (CML)
Assisting with analysis of archival data on the Linnentown neighborhood in Athens. This includes a recent study on financial losses to former residents that is available on the CML website.