I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Veritas Research Center in the Underwood International College of Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea) studying Korea's cutting-edge food waste management systems in high-density residential housing.
My applied interdisciplinary research program employs mixed methods to examine the intersection of environmental policy, human behavior, and the built environment in efforts to bring about sustainable and equitable urban systems.
My primary research focuses on sustainable food and waste systems with two driving lines of inquiry:
I earned a PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine where I also earned an MA in Demographic and Social Analysis in the School of Social Sciences. My training in the social sciences began at a small liberal arts university, Southwest Minnesota State University, where I earned a BA in Sociology and Spanish Language & Culture. With this suite of formal training, I work to leverage the social sciences to improve public policy development, implementation, and outcomes.