Hello! I am a college professor teaching composition and literature courses that focus on sustainability, the politics of food reform and higher education. My doctoral work is in cultural studies, and my research focused on competing concepts of nature in America. I've taught at UC Santa Barbara, The University of New Mexico and Michigan State before settling at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA. Currently, In addition to teaching, I also advise students in Sustainability Club at the College of the Sequoias where we work on issues of environmental justice, equity, food reform and seeing the global in the local.
I have two kids (19 and 15) and a small menagerie of animals at home. Our small dog often accompanies us. We travel as much as we can, and tend to a small sailboat in the Bay Area when time and finances permit. Prior to academia, I worked for the California State State Parks, the U.S. Forest Service and as a ranger naturalist in Yosemite National Park. For a year in the distant past, I even performed with Up With People/Viva la Gente as a vocalist. When I don't have my nose in a book, at a play or concert, you'll find me in the outdoors...anywhere!