Supervisors: Elvin Wyly and Trevor Barnes (UBC); Andrew Leyshon and Sarah Hall (Nottingham)
Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky, USA
“My interests are at the intersections of cultural political economy, urban and financial geography. I explore the geographies of finance and money, particularly as they play a role in the reconstruction of urban space for capital accumulation. In my PhD studies this takes the form of an investigation into the emergent processes of crowd-funding and its potential implications for urban development in the U.S, U.K, and Canada. This is particularly relevant as crowd-funding is quickly being viewed, beyond its origins in ‘charitable’ ventures, as a means of profit and the ‘progressive’ reshaping of corporate and city governance. My past and ongoing work focuses upon the role of financial markets in reshaping Singapore’s political economy, including bank restructuring and the financialization of real estate through the introduction of financial instruments such as real estate investment trusts (REITs).
I grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where a recent fight over a major urban development project–Lexington’s tallest building–galvanized my interest in the nexus of finance and urban space. I obtained my MA from the University of British Columbia in 2015, and have undergraduate degrees in Human Geography from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (’13) and the National University of Singapore (’13).”