“There’s so much creativity in brokeness. Brokeness will have you making it work.” - Issa Rae
“I gave myself permission to feel and experience all of my emotions. In order to do that, I had to stop being afraid to feel. In order to do that, I taught myself to believe that no matter what I felt or what happened when I felt it, I would be okay.” – Iyanla Vanzant
"When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." - Audre Lorde
2019 Petrochemical Landscape along the Mississippi River
Abolitionist Ecologies My research explores environmental, energy, and climate justice using critical race and feminist political ecology lenses. Broadly speaking, I am interested in race, place, gender, justice, and nature. My auto-ethnographic doctoral work titled “Post-Apocalyptic Environmental Politics: Women of Color, Climate Justice and State-Corporate Crime in Louisiana” investigates how Gulf Coast Black and Indigenous women navigate contradictory relationships with energy and petrochemical industries, resist environmental racism, and advocate for energy and climate solutions.
I have conducted over two years’ worth of participant observation with various community-based organizations and conducted in-depth ecowomanist oral histories (2-5 hours each) with over 50 women of color in Gulf Coast Louisiana. My scholarship will ultimately help democratize environmental governance, diversify leadership within environmental policy and planning, and innovate feminist mixed methods in environmental sociology, geography, and feminist anthropology.
2019 March for Death Alley along Burton Lane
2019 NAACP Environmental Justice Workshop at Southern University in Baton Rouge
2019 World Forum on Climate Justice in Glasgow, Scotland