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Food Systems Geographer, Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

My work examines the structural history of global food systems. Why do some systems reproduce hunger and others don't? What global and local processes make populations vulnerable to food system failure? And what can the historical record of food crises (and averted crises) tell us about contemporary challenges? These are the questions that guide my research.

I have published on food system change, genocide, and other geographical subjects in the context of Cambodia, the South China Sea, and the Middle East. I have a book in the final stage of review with West Virginia University Press, titled "Famine in the Remaking: Food System Change and Mass Starvation in Hawaii, Madagascar, and Cambodia." I am currently Visiting Assistant Research Scientist with the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE) at University of Maryland Baltimore County. I am also an active member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG).


  • –present
    Research Scientist in Geography, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


  • 2018 
    Kent State University, PhD in Geography