Fish Production Systems, Political Ecology, Research Design, Feminist Methodology, Senegal, Philadelphia


I am an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies (GUS) at Temple University. My research takes a feminist approach to fish production systems in West Africa, and an equity approach to climate-ready initiatives in Philadelphia. The National Science Foundation, Fulbright-IEE, Fulbright Hays, and the Society of Women Geographers have supported this work. Previously an Adjunct Assistant Professor in GUS at Temple, I take an interactive approach to teaching large lectures, medium-sized classes, and seminars by incorporating experiential learning activities. I earned a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, and PhD in Geography from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. I was born and raised in the city of Philadelphia.

Selected Publications

  • 2017, “Gendered seascapes in Senegal,” PhD Thesis, Rutgers University-The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick.
  • 2012, “Migrant fishers in West Africa: roving bandits?” African Geographical Review, 31 (1): 50-62.
  • 2009, “Paying back comes first: why repayment means more than business in rural Senegal,” Gender and Development, 17 (2): 243-254.

Courses Taught

  • Sustainable Environments
  • Research Design in Environmental Studies
  • Environment and Society
  • Environment and Development
  • Food Studies 
  • Food Justice and the City
  • Gendered Geographies
  • World Regions and Cultures