I’m a fifth-year PhD candidate in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. My current research investigates the connections between city-led climate adaptation planning and environmental racism in the United States. I use mixed methods including plan evaluation, spatial statistics, and case studies to identify the ways structural racism influences exposure to climate risks and proximity to adaptation interventions, and how urban planners and community activists navigate these dynamics.

Before landing in Texas, I studied Global Environmental Policy and International Development (MA, 2008) at American University, and Environmental Policy and Planning (BA, 2003) at Alaska Pacific University.

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