I am the Jill Beck NEH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Lawrence University and an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of Indigenous studies, environmental history, and science and technology studies. As a community-engaged scholar, my research focuses on working with Indigenous communities fighting for environmental justice and sovereignty, as well as the environmental history of settler colonialism in the United States.
My most recent research with the Menominee Nation explores Menominee survival, adaptation, and resurgence through their struggles against the American settler colonial state from colonization to climate change. Employing reciprocal research methods, I volunteered with the Menominee community to halt unsafe mineral extraction in Menominee waterways and find alternatives to extractive capitalism grounded in food and energy sovereignty, working with nonprofits to build out solar energy and small-scale organic agriculture.
My most recent writing titled, “A Forest of Energy: Settler Colonialism, Knowledge Production, and Sugar Maple Kinship in the Menominee Community” will be co-published with Marcus Grignon in the June 2023 issue of American Quarterly.
At Lawrence University, I teach courses in Native American studies, history, and environmental justice, with a special focus on contributing to anti-racism and anti-colonialism on campus.