Welcome to my academic site. I'm a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. My research examines the political economy of nature-society relations, particularly the governance of and resistance to the production and extraction of biophysical resources in the Global South, with a regional focus on mainland Southeast Asia.
A key concern threading through my research, writing, and advocacy is understanding how large-scale political-economic forces that form between resource capital and state authority can transform the socio-natural landscapes of agrarian regions in developing countries, and what types of social forces, such as popular resistance, can counteract and even reverse such trends.
In my own dissertation fieldwork that I am currently conducting, I investigate how peasant resistance strategies alter the course of land acquisitions for Vietnamese and Chinese tree plantation investments in central-southern Laos. In particular, I'm interested in how different types of triangular relationships between investors, state agencies, and farming communities affect the potential for resistance in politically restrictive environments.