Before enrolling in graduate school, I was a carpenter in Ohio and California. On those jobsites I confronted the irreconcilable contradictions of green capitalism, which all too often relied on externalizing the costs of consumption onto people and places invisible to the consumer.
In 2008, making a living in the trades became untenable, so I decided to pursue the questions I had about the green economy at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where I received an MA in environmental history. In 2011, I moved to New York to begin a doctoral program in Latin American and environmental history at NYU. I am now back in the Great Lakes region that I love, finishing my dissertation and writing a couple of articles.
In the full knowledge of the contradictions we ourselves face, but with optimistic hearts, my family and I persist in making our home as sustainable as we can in Ypsilanti, Michigan.