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Associate Professor, Political Science, Bryant University

As a child, I grew up on a farm in Western N.Y. in a rural county part of Appalachia. My life lead me out west, where I attended Colorado State University (CSU) receiving a Master's and Ph.D. in Political Science. Working as a teacher and professor, a researcher for local and federal agencies as well as non-profits and private foundations have given me great meaning and I have contributed to some amazing projects.

My recent writing focuses on the intersecting areas of food oppression, agricultural and food policies. I write about how agricultural policies play a role in conditioning the structure of the food system in the United States focusing on the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program of the Food and Nutrition Service of the USDA.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Political Science, Bryant University
  • 2007–2009
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science, Lafayette College
  • 2006–2007
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Dayton
  • 2005–2006
    Adjunct Professor, Comparative Politics, Antioch College
  • 2004–2005
    Survey Researcher, Department of Local Affairs, Loveland, CO
  • 2000–2001
    Survey Researcher, United States Geological Survey
  • 1997–1999
    Project Coordinator, International Studies Program, Colorado State University


  • 2005 
    Colorado State University, M.A., Ph.D. Political Science
  • 1995 
    Alfred University , B.A., Political Science, Japanese


  • 2019
    Food sovereignty, safety and security: The role of rice in Japan and Asia, SpringerLink
  • 2019
    Researching Agricultural Policy in Japan Using Qualitative Interviews, Sage Publications
  • 2018
    Rice and Agricultural Policies in Japan: The Loss of a Traditional Lifestyle, Palgrave MacMillan
  • 2014
    Mobilizing mothers: the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe and environmental activism in Japan, AsiaNetwork Exchange

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    NEAC Short Term travel grant
    Primary Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Northeast Council of the Association for Asian Studies

Professional Memberships

  • New England Political Science Association
  • American Political Science Association