As a Fulbright and Mellon scholar, I earned my Ph.D. from Stanford University’s Department of Anthropology. I hold an M.A. in geography from the University of Washington and a B.A. in geography with environmental studies from Dartmouth College. I currently teach anthropology at City College of San Francisco. I previously taught anthropology and writing and rhetoric at Stanford University from 2013 to 2018. My areas of focus include environmental studies, gender studies, comparative studies in race and ethnicity, and southern Africa. I published my first book, Steeped in Heritage: The Racial Politics of South African Rooibos Tea, with Duke University Press in 2017.
In addition to scholarly work published in peer-reviewed journals and books, I have written for National Geographic News, National Geographic Kids News, and Sierra Magazine. My correspondence has appeared in Nature.