Research Overview

Why are some places persistently worse-off than others?


My research, which focuses on the question above, lies at the intersection of sociology of development, environmental and natural resource sociology, and social demography. I draw on these research traditions to theorize and test the relationships between spatial inequality, well-being, and natural resources, broadly construed.  

In particular, my current research is focused on natural resource dependence and rural economic prosperity. I am studying the impacts of, and support for, rural natural resource development in the United States. A holistic perspective is employed in this research, evaluating both extractive (e.g. oil, gas, timber), and non-extractive (e.g. tourism, outdoor recreation, real estate) forms natural resource use.