I am a Research Assistant at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University with a PhD in Public Administration from American University. Hailing originally from St. Paul and Lake Elmo, Minnesota, I have always been interested in cities and the ways in which they enable more socially connected, environmentally efficient living. When pursuing my BA in Philosophy at Connecticut College, I focused on the ethical elements of individual and societal actions, which naturally led to researching and writing about policy for the think tank Minnesota 2020. From there, I moved to Washington, DC to pursue a Master of Public Policy degree at American University. After graduating from the MPP program, I embarked on the PhD journey and graduated in 2017.
My primary interest in urban sustainability lies in the three pillars of sustainability: environment, economy, and equity. In the rush towards sustainability (which is a welcome trend), some of these pillars are prioritized at the expense of others – most often the environment and the economy are prioritized over equity. Cities and towns cannot sustain themselves without all three spheres, so my research focuses on how cities can better pursue all three spheres together.