I am from North Dakota, an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara) on my mother's side, Muscogee Creek on my father's side, and a late-stage PhD Candidate at the University of Massachusetts -- Amherst.
I am fascinated by the ways technology influences and mediates our conceptualizations of space and place. I take this as a starting point in my examination of transnational tribal cultures and the ways in which communications and travel technologies have complicated the ways we think of nationhood in the twenty-first century. Learn more about how this has been applied to my past, current, and proposed research projects on my research page.
I am originally from North Dakota, so I have a deep passion for winter and the outdoors. During my graduate school career I spent many summers working for a land conservation non-profit organization. I worked in various capacities from property ranger/steward to supervisor for a youth environmental education program. In my latter capacity, I developed an intensive eight-week summer work/education program which took as its primary goal working with youth in the city of Holyoke, Massachusetts; this program emphasized natural spaces and highlighted the connection between those spaces and urban environs. I love snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, and bicycling.
I read extensively in the genres of Native Literature, Science Fiction in all its various permutations, and Immigration and Transnational Fiction. Some of my favorite authors are: Philip K. Dick, Jhumpa Lahiri, Neal Stephenson, Stephen Graham Jones, Louise Erdrich, and George Saunders. I love film, television, and music, and when I find time I enjoy playing videogames. I incorporate these interests when applicable into my academic work, both in my scholarly writing and my pedagogical approach.