I received my PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and am an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University. My work is inspired by the belief that the technological systems used to sustain residential life structure, in important ways, how humans conceive of their relationship to the natural world and to one another. My research explores how technological systems interact with social structures to shape human conceptions of nature, human-nature relationships, and human action. It examines the historical normalization of residential technological systems in America and the ways in which alternative technological systems challenge the political, economic, and environmental consequences of those systems. My dissertation research (funded by an NSF-IGERT Fellowship and an EPA-STAR Fellowship) explored how individuals choose to pursue alternative dwelling technologies and how that choice reflects broader attitudes, opinions, and lifestyles.
On this website, you can find out more about my research and teaching. I also write for the MTU sustainability blog, which you can follow here: http://blogs.mtu.edu/sustainability/