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 externalized the costs of consumption onto people and places invisible to the consumer.
As construction jobs evaporated in 2008, I decided to pursue my questions about the green economy in graduate school. I obtained an MA at Case Western Reserve University in 2010, and in 2011 I began a doctoral program at NYU. While writing my dissertation, I moved back to the Great Lakes region that will always be my true home. In the full knowledge of the contradictions we face, but with optimistic hearts, my family and I persist in making a living as sustainably as we can in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
This academic year (2018-19), I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University, where I am working on a book manuscript and two articles.