I teach in the Exploratory and Interdisciplinary Studies program, Sustainability program, and English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I received my PhD in English from the University of Oregon with a dissertation on environmental literature and post-Fordism. Prior to moving to the west coast, I received an MA in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BA from Indiana University.

During my postdoc, I helped launch the Environmental Humanities Hub at the University of Helsinki, where I was affiliated with the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science. My research explores how Fordism and its aftermath have shaped cultural politics and the environment, particularly when it comes to issues of material economy like energy, food, and environmental justice. By combining historical perspectives from cultural studies and the environmental humanities, I ask how ideas about the environment continue to be embedded in social and economic history.