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 currently 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, supervising and mentoring undergraduates, and networking with others through the newly formed Community Geographies Collaborative. UGA provides four years of guaranteed funding for PhD students, and grant funding is also available for a Master's student.
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
Studying the growth of dollar stores (and community pushback) in the urban U.S. (Non-formatted version of a recent article in Annals of the American Association of Geographers)
Assisting with analysis of archival data on the Linnentown neighborhood in Athens, partnering with the Linnentown Project