I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard, and a member of the Graduate Consortium on Energy and the Environment. I consider myself a "normative comparativist," in the sense that I am primarily interested in how institutions can shape more equitable outcomes for vulnerable people. Most of my research revolves around what author and activist Chris Hedges calls "sacrifice zones"—those groups and populations left behind by democratic progress. I am particularly interested in investigating the uneven effects of climate change across populations, and exploring how and why states do or do not contribute to social resilience in response to those effects.
In 2017-18, I am completing my dissertation, which explores the historical and instiutional roots of the climate crisis in rural Alaska.