Thank you for visiting! I am a PhD candidate in Community and Environmental Sociology and International Development Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. I completed an M.S. in sociology in 2020 and an M.A in environmental studies in 2013.
My upcoming dissertation fieldwork will be a case study of French technical assistance to support the implementation of labels of geographical indication (GI) for coffee and cacao in Ecuador. This work will be funded by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award.
My past research and studies have been funded by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the UW–Madison Graduate School, two Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships, and a UW–Madison/Mellon Foundation Area and International Studies Research Fellowship. I have also received the Henry Steenbock Scholarship and the Ruth and Carl Miller Academic Merit Award from the UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Prior to beginning my PhD program, I worked full-time as a bilingual educator and administrator at a K-12 school in Comayagua, Honduras. I also completed a master’s degree in environmental studies, focusing on sustainable development and public policy. I worked on research projects in tropical agriculture and rural livelihood development with Runa Foundation in Tena, Ecuador, exploring market-building strategies for indigenous farmers in the Amazon.
I am originally from Verona, Wisconsin. In my free time, I like to cook, work with my wife in our community garden plot, walk in the woods near our home, and plan thrilling adventures as a D&D dungeon master.