My degrees are in Resource Development (M.S.) and Sociology (Ph.D.) from Michigan State University. I have been a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology and the Food Systems Institute at Auburn University since 2008.
I teach courses focused on natural resources and the environment, food and agriculture, and research methods. I am also on the faculty of an NSF Research Trainee ship program.
My research focuses on agrifood system governance including studies of both formal statutes and regulations and informal rules and habits on small-scale and values-based production-consumption systems. I am particularly interested in food safety and food security as they relate to climate change. My newest work involves the co-development of knowledge about climate resilience in production agriculture. My work can be found in journals such as Rural Sociology, Food & Drug Law Journal, Food Quality and Preference, Appetite, and Food Policy.