I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Louisiana State University. My research investigates disasters and environmental change, especially as it relates to place making, health, immigration, race, and social capital.
This research on urban environments is in three primary areas.
First, I research disaster resilience and vulnerability, particularly how environmental changes link to inequalities in flooding. This research is funded by an Early-Career Research Fellowship through the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. I am also a Fellow in the NSF's Human, Disasters, and Built Environment (HDBE) Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers program. My newest work on this topic analyzes climate change attribution of flooding during Hurricane Harvey using an environmental justice lens. One article from this work analyzes racial inequalities in flooding outside of floodplains, and is available here.
Second, my co-authored book, titled Market Cities, People Cities (NYU Press, 2018), assesses vast variability in urban trajectories in Copenhagen and Houston, and what the implications are for our urban future.
Third, I research health risks from industrial air pollution in the United States by examining the extent of disparities across metropolitan areas, and how those disparities have emerged.