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About Me

Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology & Environmental Policy

I am a doctoral student at the University of Maine in the Anthropology and Environmental Policy program, a Canadian-American Center Fellow a member of the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions Material Management research team and a student affiliate of the Climate Change Institute.


I am broadly interested in how governance decisions shape human-material relations, especially when and how materials are discarded as waste or become environmental pollutants.


My dissertation research explores policy solutions to the “plastic crisis” where I specifically focus on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs for packaging in Canada and the United States. 


I have a M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Environmental Sciences from Kalamazoo College. Prior to starting my doctoral studies, I  worked in local and state government on sustainability and waste management initiatives. I am committed to participatory and inclusive transdisciplinary research that can inform more just and effective environmental policy solutions.

bridging critical social science research and environmental policy.


Research Interests

circular economy  zero waste   repair 

environmental policy  reuse  trash

sustainable consumption  recycling 

 materials management   governance  environmental justice  waste reduction

sharing economy plastic pollution

decision -making climate change

Research Projects

let's connect

I love talking trash. If you are interested in collaborating on a project or just want to talk trash (prevention and reduction that is) - let's connect.

Send me an email and we can  grab a (virtual) cup of coffee. 

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