I received my bachelor degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where I majored in political science (GO BLUE!). After working in the non-profit sector and as a full-time research assistant at the Harvard School of Education and the Kennedy School of Government, I started my doctoral program at the University of California, Berkeley. I obtained a PhD in political science from Berkeley.
After Berkeley, I worked as a postdoc at UCLA and as a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. In 2013, I started working at the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University, first as a postdoc and currently as a Senior Researcher. I organize a biweekly research working group on the American West.
My research interests intersect geography and political science. The overarching research question is: What are the causes and consequences of uneven spatial distribution of populations and natural resources? My portfolio features a unique blend of substantive topics that cover migration, residential sorting, public receptivity of new green technology and conservation, and regional governance of natural resources
This graph on the left summarizes the connection among my major research projects.