I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Veritas Research Center in the Underwood International College of Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea) investigating Korea's cutting-edge food waste management scheme in high-density residential housing.
My research examines the social and technical transformations necessary to bring about closed-loop urban food systems. I am interested in the intersection of organic waste policy, pro-environmental behavior, and the evolution (and critiques) of the urban metabolism framework.
I earned a BA in Sociology and Spanish Language and Culture at Southwest Minnesota State University, and further developed my social science skills at the University of California, Irvine with an MA in Demographic and Social Analysis. In my pursuit to leverage social science findings to improve public policy, I earned a PhD in the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design in the School of Social Ecology at UC Irvine.