I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Louisiana State University. My research investigates urban environments, especially as it relates to disasters, health, immigration, race, and social capital.
This research on urban environments is in three primary areas.
First, I research disaster resilience and vulnerability, particularly the role of land cover change in producing environmental risks. 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. 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.