…who uses participatory research methods to promote environmental and social justice.
I am an environmental studies lecturer at the University of Vermont, Burlington. My doctoral dissertation, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to be published as the book, “Birding to Change the World,” is a how-to manual for participatory researchers and community advocates. The book describes an environmental justice case study of an urban wetland in Madison, Wisconsin’s second largest municipal park. This will be my third book.
Before studying the natural sciences I worked as a human and civil rights investigative journalist for 15 years—a decade in Central America and five years in Alabama. I have also taught in a women’s prison and at three major universities; I created community-based service learning programs for two of these schools.
In a society questioning the value of a liberal arts education, I am a bridge-builder who helps universities better serve the public. I achieve this by creating courses and outreach programs that teach critical thinking skills. By harnessing the power of passionate, knowledgeable and energetic college students, we can help solve community problems.