As a scholar, I am a feminist political ecologist with over a decade’s experience of researching the politics of resource allocation and access in sub-Saharan Africa. Combining positivist methods and critical frameworks, my current research is interdisciplinary. It engages long-standing and contemporary debates in human geography, development and environmental studies to consider how multiple axes of social difference (gender, age and class) matter to agrarian politics in West Africa. I first started working with Senegalese fisherfolk in the urbanizing seaside town of Joal in 2005.
As a leader and educator, I have worked to equip young people with the resources and tools needed to think through local problems in global context: a crucial skill in the emerging knowledge economy. Expanding access to international educational opportunities is a continuing interest of mine, which informs my recent efforts to understand and contribute to more just food systems in my hometown of Philadelphia. Collaborating with city activists and change makers, I have designed a new course entitled “Food Justice and the City,” which I will teach in the 2016 fall semester. A key learning goal will be for students to understand issues affecting the US as connected to related dynamics in the rest of the West as well as the developing world. Adopting a student-centered approach to learning, this project will build on my previous teaching, advising and mentoring experiences at Rutgers University.