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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 history of food crises (and averted crises) tell us about contemporary challenges? These questions guide my research. I have published on food system change, genocide, imperialism, and settler colonialism in variety of historical and geographical contexts. My book "Famine in the Remaking: Food System Change and Mass Starvation in Hawaii, Madagascar, and Cambodia" examines the large-scale and slow-moving origins of famine. I am Visiting Assistant Research Scientist with the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE) at University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Lecturer of Geography at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC). 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