Program: PhD
Supervisor: David Edgington and Merje Kuus
Hometown: Oregon
“My research is on political, social and feminist geographies of disaster and natural hazards. Specifically, my current interests are situated at the nexus of transnational movements for LGBT rights, and a growing body of research showing that natural hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis are experienced unevenly along a spectrum of social inequalities within a given society. Much of my work heretofore has focused on the March 11, 2011 disasters in northern Japan and the unique challenges, strengths, and vulnerabilities of LGBT people residing there. I am interested in what lessons can be learned from those experiences to potentially benefit diverse populations experiencing natural hazards in Japan, Canada and beyond.”