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Research Interests

Environmental Sociology
Ecological Restoration
Collaborative Governance

Professional Information

The primary question that motivates my research is: How do people participate in the decisions that affect their lives? In the past, I empirically investigated and theoretically explored this through the lens of community-based development in urban Tanzania. My current research looks at a contemporary aspect of nature-society relations that is fashioned from the principles of ecological restoration and collaborative governance. What I refer to as restorative development is an intentional practice to improve collective well-being by restoring damaged ecosystems and enhancing the social, cultural, and economic relationships that are tied to a particular landscape.



PhD., University of Minnesota


Soc 122: Africa in World Perspective
Soc 161: Introduction to Poverty
Soc 226: Political Sociology
Soc 364: Impacts of Globalization
Soc 561: Development Theories
Soc 596: Global and Transnational Sociology
Global Studies 350: Poverty in a Global Context
Global Studies 450: Poverty Interventions and Evaluation

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3020 Lincoln Hall
720 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Champaign, IL 61820

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