I study the impacts of, and support for, rural natural resource development in the United States. I adopt a holistic perspective and study both extractive (e.g. oil, gas, timber), and non-extractive (e.g. tourism, outdoor recreation, real estate) forms natural resource use.
My research lies at the intersection of sociology of development, environmental and natural resource sociology, and sociology of poverty and inequality. Drawing on theoretical perspectives from all three areas, I theorize and evaluate the relationships between natural resource use, development, and rural well-being, broadly construed. In particular, my current research is focused on the impact of natural resource dependence on rural economic prosperity.