- M.S. in Sociology, Oklahoma State University, 2017
- M.S. in Higher Education, Walden University, 2013
- B.A. in Sociology, Millersville State University of Pennsylvania, 2009
- Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory
- Sociology of Knowledge
- Sociology of Culture
- Environmental Sociology
- Sociology of Power
I grew up in south central Pennsylvania in a small town called Gettysburg. I completed my undergraduate work at Millersville State University of Pennsylvania before pursuing my first Master’s degree in Higher Education, with a focus in college teaching and learning, from Walden University.
My areas of substantive interests are disasters, climate change, marine ecologies, and globalization. Broadly, my research interests focus on the intersection of nature and social power. More precisely, I have conducted research on social fields, social capital, rural communities, sustainability, disaster preparedness, and power dynamics in print news media discourse.
My future research will focus on ocean crises, vulnerability, and resilience. More specifically, the ways in which a variety of natural and technological hazard events and disasters affect marine ecologies and how individual and collective risk perceptions of these phenomena shape, influence, and alter vulnerability and capacities for resilience to natural and technological hazard events.